Leadership Inspirations Activities

Body Builders

Turn your teammates into “body builders” with balloons

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Game

Materials

Balloons, large stretchy long sleeve shirts/pants

 

SUMMARY

 
In this activity, groups must race to turn their teammates into the best “body builders” they can using only balloons.

 

SET UP

  • 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.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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!

VARIATIONS

  • 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?
  • 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?
So What?

Group Dynamics

  • 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?

Teambuilding

  • 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?

 

Now What?
  • 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?