Leadership Inspirations Activities
Turn your teammates into “body builders” with balloons
Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing
Type Of Activity
Balloons, large stretchy long sleeve shirts/pants
In this activity, groups must race to turn their teammates into the best “body builders” they can using only balloons.
- Divide your group into smaller “teams” of about 5-6 people.
- Each team will need balloons (20-30 per team) and a shirt/pants set.
- The object of this activity is to make the best “body builder.”
- Teams will select one person to be the “body builder” who will wear the clothing provided.
- Give them five minutes to build the most “muscular” contestant using the balloons. They will be responsible for blowing up the balloons themselves.
- At the end of five minutes, let the participants show off their “body builders” to the large group.
- Then, count the number of balloons each team managed to use on their “body builder”
- The team with the most balloons wins!
- This activity doesn’t have to be a competition. By taking out the last two steps you can just use it as a way for your group to have fun and collaborate together.
- Have group members complete tasks or a relay in their “body builder” suits for added fun!
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- What was the goal of this activity?
- Did your group do well? What could have improved?
- How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
- How did your group manage conflict that arose?
- What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
- What motivates our group?
- How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
- When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
- When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
- What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
- What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
- What’s one commitment each person can make?
- What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
- How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
- What can you do differently moving forward?