Leadership Inspirations Activities

City Recharge

Group members lift up water bottles without disconnecting hands

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Water Or Soda Bottle (With Some Liquid To Provide Weight)

 

SUMMARY

An activity where groups learn about teamwork by working together to lift up water bottles without disconnecting hands.

 

SET UP

  • Lay water bottles on their side in the field or play area (must have water in them and be uncapped).
  • Have the group stand in a circle (does not need to be around the water bottles).

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Backstory: There was an earthquake and it knocked out the battery power supply to the city. It is the team’s duty to place the “batteries” (water bottles) back in the standing position. They must hold hands to avoid getting electrocuted.
  • Group members must lift all of the knocked down bottles into a standing position. They are not allowed to let go of each other’s hands at any point.
  • If the group unlinks or spills some of the water, impose penalties such as: certain group members must be blindfolded, cannot talk, etc.

VARIATIONS

  • You can specify specific locations using gym pads, circles, or x’s where the water bottles must be placed upright.
  • If the group finishes rather quickly, time them and see if they can beat their previous time.

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.?

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?

Inclusion & Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?
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?