Leadership Inspirations Activities
Five Pointed Stars
Group members attempt to make a star using a rope with a limited number of moves
Storming, Norming, Performing
Type Of 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.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- 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?
- 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.?
- 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?
- 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?