Leadership Inspirations Activities

Everybody Up

Everyone will try to stand up at the same time without using their hands or support

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

This activity is a great icebreaker and quick problem solving activity that asks partners and the group to work together.

 

SET UP

  • Make sure to clear a large enough area for participants to move around and play.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have participants get into pairs with persons approximately the same size.
  • They sit on the ground facing each other feet touching and knees bent and hands tightly grasped.
  • The two work together to pull themselves into an upright standing position without using their hands to support themselves.
  • Safety: Partnering with someone of approximately the same size ensures people don’t hurt themselves. Also please be aware of physical ability. Do not ask a student that suffers from a physical disability to perform this task if they are unable.

VARIATIONS

  • When they are successful, have partners find another person and try it with three, four, five people until the whole group is trying to stand up together.
  • You can have partners sit back to back and try to stand up without using their hands to support themselves.

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?

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?