Leadership Inspirations Activities

Farmer’s Riddle

Group members act out a logic and decision making activity


20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity


Rope, Items/Name tags To Represent Roles



This activity has the group focus on planning and decision making. It is ideal for smaller groups.



  • Designate a place in the room to be a river (a rope may be used to designate the river).
  • Gather items to represent/distinguish chickens, foxes, bags of grain, and farmers. For example: garbage bags, handkerchiefs, leis etc.


  • Put all characters in a bag and have each team member pick out a character.
  • There will be 2 chickens, 2 foxes, 2 bags of grain, and 2 farmers.
  • Each person must take on the characteristics of his/her new identity, for example, the chickens can only cluck, the bags of grain can only lay around until the farmers move them, etc.
  • The farmers must move the chickens, foxes, and bags of grain across the river. They can’t take more than one person each with them across the river.
  • Rules
    • The farmers must travel together.
    • The foxes cannot be unsupervised with the chickens or they will eat them
    • The chickens cannot be left unattended with the grain or they will eat it.


  • If you have a large group, have 8 people play the roles and the rest of group complete the activity.


  • 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?


  • 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.?

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


  • 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?