Leadership Inspirations Activities

Five Pointed Stars

Group members attempt to make a star using a rope with a limited number of moves


20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity





This activity tests communication, collaboration, and team strategy by asking the group to perform an activity with a number of constraints.



  • Lay a rope on the ground in a circle shape and have the group stand around it.


  • Tell participants that they will pick up the rope with both hands and shape the rope into a 5 pointed star (including all the overlaps and criss-crosses like one drawn in elementary school).
  • They must create the star using 4 or fewer moves.
  • The team can take up to 4 minutes to plan, but while they are talking they cannot start moving.
  • If someone starts taking action during planning time, penalties will be imposed on the group such as blindfolds, ankles tied together, walk backwards everywhere you go, etc.
  • After 4 minutes, the team must implement their plan without talking. Once they have moved through their sequences, they must lay the rope down and examine their handiwork.


  • Split larger groups into smaller groups and give them each a rope to try making a 5 pointed star.
  • Also see Perfect Polygon.


  • 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.?

Project Planning

  • What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
  • How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
  • How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?
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?