Leadership Inspirations Activities

Electricity

A high energy activity that requires teams to race to an object by sending “electrical impulses” through their team members

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Game, Energizer

Materials

A Single Object (Ball, Bucket, Marker), A Coin

 

SUMMARY

This activity is a very effective icebreaker, energizer, or quick teambuilder. It requires effective teamwork and trust in others.

 

SET UP

  • Divide your group into two even teams.
  • Have teams sit on the floor in a line facing the other team, holding hands with their fellow team mates.
  • Have everyone close their eyes.
  • At one end of the lines place an object.
  • At the other end of the line tell the two people on the end to open their eyes.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • You are going to toss a coin and on heads the people with their eyes open are going to squeeze the hand of the person next to them.
  • If the coin lands on tails, no one moves and the coin is flipped again until it land on heads.
  • When anyone’s hand gets squeezed they must then squeeze the hand of the person next to them, passing on the ‘electricity’.
  • When the people at the ends of their lines get squeezed they must then open their eyes and run to be the first to grab the object.
  • Whichever team grabs the object first, their player at the front of the line moves to the end of the line.
  • The point of the game is to get your whole team back to their original line order.
  • Safety: Make sure that the two people at the end of the line don’t hurt each other getting to the object.

VARIATIONS

  • You can perform this activity with more than two teams.
  • You can also hide the object to make it more challenging for groups.

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?

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 does your group do well as a 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?