Leadership Inspirations Activities

Create Your Own Teambuilding Activity

Group members will be challenged to create their own teambuilding activity

Duration

60 minutes

Team Stage

Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Teambuilding Supplies, Markers, Posters, Etc.

 

SUMMARY

Groups will be challenged to create an activity that is difficult for other group members to complete. It requires all elements of teamwork to be successful.

 

SET UP

  • This is a challenging exercise that is best facilitated later in a program.
  • Avoid using this activity to get out of designing an activity yourself!
  • Prepare some teambuilding supplies (cones, paper plates, random objects), markers, poster paper, etc. that groups may use for their activities.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Divide a larger group into smaller groups of 4 to 5 people.
  • Give groups 15-20 minutes to come up with a challenging small group activity.
  • The catch: The activity should be one that the group believes it can do better than any other group!
  • Facilitator Note: This is harder than it sounds – requires all elements of teamwork including creativity, communication, trust, problem-solving, time management, etc.
  • Then all groups come together and take turns presenting or leading their activity.
  • Groups will earn points if:
    • No other group can beat them at their activity (+2)
    • They can successfully complete another group’s activity (+1)

Role of Facilitator

  • To help groups succeed, the facilitator checks in with the progress during planning. Help with ideas or problem-solving strategies if the group is struggling.
  • Encourage creative out-of-the-box thinking e.g., singing, dancing, joke-telling, non-verbal, as well as physical or mental-type challenges.
  • Approximate Time Breakdown:
    • 5 minute briefing
    • 15-20 minutes planning
    • 20 minutes doing activities
    • 10 minutes discussion

 VARIATIONS

  • Change group sizes or members – based on job or personality and see how that changes the group dynamics or activities.

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.?

Project Planning

  • What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
  • How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
  • How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?
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?