Leadership Inspirations Activities

Human ABCs

Groups work together to make capital letters using their bodies

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

In this activity, groups must use their problem solving skills to accomplish the task of making capital letters using just their bodies.

 

SET UP

  • You will need a clear, open space for this activity.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Divide your group into smaller groups of 10-12 people.
  • Ask them to make a capital letter together (of your choosing) using their bodies. Everyone in the group must be included/must participate.
    • Process briefly how that experience was for them. What worked, what didn’t? How did they feel?
  • Then ask them to make another capital letter without talking. Then another.
    • Discuss what was harder/easier about that round.
  • Then tell them that for the next round, half the group will be asked to close their eyes. Tap the people who will have their eyes closed.
  • Ask them to make one capital letter without talking AND with half the group with their eyes closed.
  • Switch and ask the other half of the group to close their eyes to make another letter.
    • Discuss what strategies they used to overcome their restrictions and to be successful.

VARIATIONS

  • Have your entire group spell a word with their bodies, every person must be involved.
  • Instead of letters, have your group make shapes, animals, or objects!

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

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?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What does your group do well as a team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
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?