Leadership Inspirations Activities
I Like My Neighbor Who…
Discover what you have in common with others in your group
Type Of Activity
Place Markers (Shoes, Polyspots, Tape, Chalk)
In this activity participants can see what fun things they have in common with other members of their group.
- All participants should form a circle.
- There needs to be a place marker for everyone in the group (except the person who will be in the middle) – their shoes, tape, rubber spot or even a chalk mark.
- Ask one volunteer to remove their spot from the circle and stand in the middle.
- They call out “I like my neighbor who…” and then an activity or trait that is true for themselves and might also be true for others in the circle. For example: “I like my neighbor who…” likes camping OR eats cereal for breakfast OR loves brownies.
- Anyone who falls into that category must enter the circle and try to find a new empty spot on the outside. The person in the center also tries to get a spot and the last person left in the middle without a spot will makes the next statement.
- Participants may not take a space directly next to them!
- Play a game of Red Handed in the outside circle at the same time to increase the energy of the game. If a person on the outside gets stuck with both items, they swap with whoever is currently in the middle.
- If the same people are ending up in the middle repeatedly, the facilitator can create a rule that everyone must volunteer to be in the middle once.
- Also see Have You Ever.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?