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 supplies 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 life goals.
  • Give everyone a generous amount 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
  • Online: To lead this activity online, determine an order in which everyone will share, call on participants when it is their turn. You may consider breakout rooms if they are available on your platform and you have a larger group for more in depth sharing. 

 

ONLINE FACILITATION

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?