Leadership Inspirations Activities

By The Numbers

An activity where group members will arrange themselves in numerical order without talking

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Game, Experiential Activity

Materials

None (Or Pieces Of Paper With Numbers Written On Them)

 

SUMMARY

An activity where group members will arrange themselves in numerical order without talking. Helps groups to understand that there are different methods of communication and recognize that there is more than one answer to a challenge or position.

 

SET UP

  • Write down numbers 1 through (total number of group members) on slips of paper.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Tell participants that there will be NO talking during this activity.
  • Have participants place themselves randomly around the room
  • Ask all participants to close their eyes for the rest of the exercise.
  • Give each participant a slip of paper with a number on it. Numbers are based on the total number of people on the team.
  • Tell the group that their goal is to arrange themselves into numerical order as quickly as possible.
  • The group may speak only to inform you when they think they have accomplished the task.
  • Safety: Facilitators should keep a careful watch on all group members to ensure that they stay safe moving around with their eyes closed.

VARIATIONS

  • You can make this activity more challenging by eliminating numbers in the sequence
    • For example if you have 5 people you might give them these numbers: 1,2,4,7,9
  • You can also try an activity like Line Ups!

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?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

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 does your group do well as a 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?