Leadership Inspirations Activities

Dragontail Tag

Teams of “dragons” try not to get caught

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Game

Materials

Bandanas

 

SUMMARY

 
A team variety of tag in which members try to steal each other’s “tails”.

 

SET UP

  • Gather your group in a large playing area or field and establish clear boundaries as needed.
  • Safety: This activity involves running and tagging. Please encourage participants to be safe and appropriate with each other. 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Split your group up into teams of 4-5 people each.
  • Instruct them to form a chain by linking arms or holding onto each other’s shoulders.
  • Give the last person in each chain a bandana to act as their “tail”. They should tuck the tail into their waistband.
  • The object of the activity is for the first person in a chain to try to steal the “tail” from another chain.
    • Groups are “out” if their tail is taken by another team.
      • As the facilitator you will need to act as the referee – encouraging safety and fair play.
  • The challenge is that groups cannot break apart or they will also be “out”.
  • To begin, let groups find a place in the play area to start and then release them to play on “Go!”
  • Continue play until there is one team left, groups tire, or you run out of time.

VARIATIONS

  • Instead of eliminating groups for breaking apart or being tagged, ask them to complete a challenge together.
    • Have the group switch the order of everyone in their chain
    • Answer a test question or share something they’ve learned so far
    • Complete a Group Push Up or a round of Everybody Up to stay in the game
    • Come up with a group handshake or song to complete every time before they can rejoin the game
  • Instead of completing this activity in teams, give everyone their own “tail” and let them play as individuals.

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.?

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?