Leadership Inspirations Activities

I’d Rather… Than…

Finish a silly sentence and get to know one another

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

Learn a little about each other while completing silly sentences!

 

SET UP

  • You will need enough space for your group to stand or sit in a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have everyone finish this sentence in their minds: I’d rather _______, than __________. Fill in the blanks with two things – one that you’d rather do than the other. Remind the group that these should be appropriate things that they will share aloud.
    • I’d rather nap, than take a test;
    • I’d rather pet a dog, than feed a crocodile;
    • I’d rather walk, than run etc.
  • Once everyone has their sentence, you will go around the circle and share.
  • The first person says their, “I’d rather….” And the person to their right finishes the sentence with their, “…than…..”
    • Using our examples above the activity will go something like this-  Person 1: “I’d rather nap…”, Person 2: “…than feed a crocodile”, Person 3: “I’d rather walk…”, Person 4: “…than,”
  • You will continue around the circle in this way until you’ve made it all the way around. This can be pretty funny and you should learn things about each other too!
  • You can play a second round, go the opposite direction around the circle and everyone should say the  other half of their sentence that they haven’t shared yet. So, if they said their, “I’d rather…” in the first round, they should be saying their “…than…” statement in this round.

VARIATIONS

  • You can provide the first word or the second word for the group. They then have to answer the other half of the question. No repeat answers are allowed!
  • See 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?

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?

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 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?
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?