Leadership Inspirations Activities

The Claw Game

Guide and instruct your partner without using words


10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity


Pennies, blindfolds



In this activity, partners find creative ways to communicate with each other to accomplish the task of picking up a penny while blindfolded.



  • You will need one penny and one blindfold per pair in your group
    • You may also use other small objects that you have available like paper clips or even small pieces of paper in place of the pennies
  • Instruct everyone to find a partner and a place to sit together.


  • Have the partner pairs decide who is going to be blindfolded first – this person will be “The Claw”.
  • The other partner, who is not blindfolded, with be the “Operator”
  • “The Claw” cannot move unless directed to by their “Operator”.
  • “The Operator” cannot communicate using words.
  • Give each pair a penny and have the “Operator” place it someone nearby “The Claw”. The penny should not be placed directly in front of them.
  • The objective of the activity is for the “Operator” to guide “The Claw” to the penny.
    • Safety: Have partner pairs stay seated (either in chairs or on the floor) to complete this activity.
  • Once the pair has successfully picked up the penny have them switch roles and try again.  


  • Switch partners to see how different people try to complete the activity.
  • You can make the activity more complex by adding in more steps or tasks for the pairs to complete:
    • Pick up a penny and put it in a cup
    • Give the penny to someone else etc.


  • 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.?


  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

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?


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?