Leadership Inspirations Activities

Coat of Arms

Create your own personal “Coat of Arms” to share with your group

Duration

30-45 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Paper, drawing supplies

 

SUMMARY

 
This activity is a great way to have group members share as much or as little about their lives that they feel comfortable with through the metaphor of a “Coat of Arms”.

 

SET UP

  • Pass out a piece of paper to every member of the group and have drawing utensils readily available for everyone.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Tell participants that they can use any space available in the room, but that the first part of this activity should be completed in silence.
  • Their task is to create their own personal “Coat of Arms”
    • What is a Coat of Arms? A Coat of Arms is a unique and distinctive shield for a person or group.
  • Tell participants that they can put anything on their Coat of Arms that represents  or describes them, from their favorite color to their worst fear.
  • Give everyone a generous about of time (approximately 10-15 minutes) to draw their Coat of Arms
  • After everyone has created their Coat of Arms, have everyone sit in a circle and give each member the chance to share as much as they would like.
  • Safety: If you work with minors and are a mandated reporter, remind your group of your responsibilities to report abuse or suspected abuse.

VARIATIONS

  • To control how much or how little participants share, give them specific prompts to answer for their Coat of Arms. For example:
    • Divide your shield into four parts and respond to one prompt in each section
      • What are your goals?
      • What are your talents?
      • What are your challenges?
      • What is your life motto?
  • Once everyone has shared, follow this activity up with some sort of affirmation activity like Appreciation Taps.
  • Check out Masks for a similar sharing activity

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?

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?

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?