Leadership Inspirations Activities
Kick It Like Mike
Be the last group standing with the best rhymes
Forming, Norming, Performing
Type Of Activity
In this call and answer game, groups compete to chant their best rhymes!
- Divide your group into smaller “teams” of about 7-10 people.
- Once in groups, get into a “huddle” so everyone can hear while playing.
- Facilitator Note: Depending on the age group that you work with and your setting, emphasize the need for appropriateness in this activity.
- Choose a small group to start and determine an order.
- To begin, all groups will chant together: “I wanna kick it, wanna kick it like Mike”
- Then one representative from the first group will start calling out a phrase of their choosing. The last word of that phrase must rhyme with “Mike”
- On my way to school, I’m gonna ride my BIKE
- At the bowling alley, you know I’m gonna get a STRIKE
- The rest of their group won’t know the phrase ahead of time. It’s up to the representative to give enough clues in their phrase so that their group can guess/ join in to help shout the last word all together.
- If they get the word correctly then play moves onto the next group, starting with everyone chanting again together: “I wanna kick it, wanna kick it like Mike”
- Make sure to elect new representatives for each group’s “turn”.
- Play continues until a group can’t come up with any more rhymes.
- To keep the game going, choose different names: Jane, Bill, Pat, Joe etc.
- Try the activity Riff Off for a “karaoke” alternative.
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?
- Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
- How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
- Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?
- 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 are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
- 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?