Leadership Inspirations Activities

Draw Your Life

Participants draw a picture that depicts different aspects or times in their lives

Duration

30-45 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

8.5x11 Paper, Markers, Colored Pencils

 

SUMMARY

Group members will draw a picture that represents different times in their lives, sharing these drawings with each other develops trust, understanding and closer bonds within the group.

 

SET UP

  • Provide paper and markers, crayons, colored pencils etc.
  • Safety: This activity is higher risk and asks participants to be vulnerable and trusting with each other (and facilitators). Assure participants to only share what they feel comfortable sharing with others and remind the groups to be respectful of each other while sharing.
    Facilitator Note: If you work with minors and are a mandated reporter, be aware that these types of activities can bring up issues such as abuse or suspected abuse, suicide or self harm, neglect, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Distribute a sheet of paper and drawing materials to the group.
  • Have each person draw a road across the paper, however they would like.
  • Then, they will place an ‘x’ on the road where they currently are on the road.
  • Depict 3-5 experiences/events of what has led them to where they are now.
  • Depict 3-5 experiences/events of their aspirations or hopes on the ‘future’ side of their ‘x’.
  • Pair up the participants in groups of 2-3 and allow each to share what they would like from their road map.

VARIATIONS

  • Have each person chose one event/experience from the past and one aspiration for the future and draw it on one large poster paper so everyone is contributing to the same ‘road of life’.
  • See also Human Billboards.

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 and 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?

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?
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?