Leadership Inspirations Activities

I Am A Tree

Think on your feet to complete the scene!

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Experiential Activity

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

 
This popular improv game encourages group members to be creative, to respond quickly to change, and to support each other’s ideas and contributions positively.

 

SET UP

  • Gather your group in a circle together.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • The activity begins when one person steps into the middle and states “I’m a tree!” while acting out a tree.
  • A second person steps into the middle and makes an association with the tree: “I’m a bird!” while acting out a bird.
  • Then, a third person will step in and make an association with both the tree and bird: “I’m a worm!” while acting out a worm.
  • Once three people are in the center of the circle, the first person (in this case the tree) will step out of the middle and take one of the others with them: “I will take the worm with me.”
  • They will take new places in the circle.
  • The person left in the middle will restate what they are and a new round of associations will start: “I’m a bird!”.  
  • Continue for several rounds or until everyone has had the chance to participate.

VARIATIONS

  • Build in a 3 Second Pause before people step into the middle to allow participants time to process and gain the courage to step in.
  • Wait 2 Turns – if the group has specific people that keep going in over and over you can have the participants wait 2 turns to step into the middle again.
  • Improv Action – if the group progresses quickly you can add in Improv and they can act out a scene as the three things they are. The facilitator can ring a bell or whistle to start/end the Improv at anytime.
  • For other easy Improv games, try Magic Box or Fortunately, Unfortunately.

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?

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?

Inclusion & 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?

 

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?