Leadership Inspirations Activities

Evolution

Group members will try to “evolve” through different motions

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Mixer, Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

This activity encourages friendly competition and works as a very effective energizer. Group members will move up and down the evolution chain.

 

SET UP

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Introduce the three motions and sounds of “Evolution.”
  • The first is the egg (put hands up in a circle and squat down). The second is the arm-flapping and chirping chick. The third is the eagle, who soars around.
  • The goal of the game is for each participant to evolve from the egg to the chick to the eagle as
    quickly as possible, and then remain an eagle as long possible.
  • Everyone begins as a egg. Eggs pair up with other eggs and begin the Evolution challenge. What do two eggs do when they meet each other? They play rock, paper, scissors.
  • The winner of the pair evolves into a chick. The loser stays an egg.
  • The chick goes on to face other chicks, and the egg goes on to face other eggs.
  • Chicks play rock, paper, scissors and the winner evolves into a eagle. The loser devolves into an egg.
  • When two eagles meet and play rock, paper, scissors, the winner stays an eagle and the loser devolves all the way back to an egg.
  • Safety: Remind the group to be cautious not to bump into those around them while they are waddling egg-like, soaring eagle-like etc.

VARIATIONS

  • You can have more evolutions such as “chicken”, “rock-star”, etc.

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?

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?
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?