Leadership Inspirations Activities

Gotcha

Try to catch another person’s finger while keeping your own from being caught

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

This is a game of keep away! Participants try to catch the finger of someone without having their own finger caught in the process. The purpose of this activity is to break the ice or elevate the group’s energy through play!

 

SET UP

  • Instruct your group to stand in a circle, shoulder to shoulder.
  • Have each person put their right hand out flat, facing palm up.
    • No cheating, hands must be flat!
  • Next, they should place their left index finger in the palm of the person standing to their left.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Tell the group that there are two goals in this game:
    • First, to catch the finger of the person to their right.
    • Second, to keep the person on their left from catching their pointer finger.
  • The rules are :
    • Participants can only move their hands when they hear the word ‘Gotcha.’
    • Participants cannot move out of the circle to avoid being caught.
    • If a participant’s finger is caught, if they move before they hear ‘Gotcha’, or react to a word other than ‘Gotcha’, they are ‘out’ and should step out of the circle.
  • To begin play, the instructor or facilitator will tell a story, weaving in the buzzword ‘Gotcha’ as often as they wish.
    • For example, the story might begin: “Once upon a time, on a green planet called ‘Gotcha’!”
  • After each ‘Gotcha’ allow participants who are ‘out’ to exit the circle, and have the remaining participants reform in a smaller circle before continuing the story.
  • When the final two players are left, have them turn to face each other and they can continue play as before until there is one winner.

VARIATIONS

  • Encourage those participants who are ‘out’ to start a second circle and continue playing. This helps to keep everyone involved and engaged.

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?

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?

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?