Leadership Inspirations Activities

Helium Hoop

Try to lower the hula hoop to the ground quickly and evenly

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Hula Hoop Or Lightweight Tent Pole

 

SUMMARY

Work together to lower the hula hoop to the ground. Be careful, without teamwork the hula hoop will fill with helium and begin to rise! This is a great activity for group problem solving, emphasizing the importance of synergy and cohesion.

 

SET UP

  • Have enough hula hoops or tent poles for 6-8 people per group.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Present each group with a hula hoop. Tell them they must lower the hoop to the ground quickly and evenly.
  • Each member must hold out a finger on each hand. Those fingers must maintain contact with the bottom of the hoop at all times.
  • Hands must stay parallel with the ground and participants cannot hook the hoop/pole.
  • Facilitator Note: The beauty of this game is it’s simplicity. In order to maintain contact with the hula hoop, participants will try to push up on the hula hoop which causes the hoop to rise (as if filled with helium) instead of being lowered to the ground. With trust, communication, and strategy the group will be successful in finding balance together!

VARIATIONS

  • As an added challenge, have them lower the hoop around a small orange cone.

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?

Accountability

  • Who are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?

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?

Feedback

  • 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?
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?