Leadership Inspirations Activities

Five Pointed Stars

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

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Rope

 

SUMMARY

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

 

SET UP

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

VARIATIONS

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

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?

Alignment

  • 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?