Leadership Inspirations Activities

Kick It Like Mike

Be the last group standing with the best rhymes


10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Mixer





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.


  • 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?


  • 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?


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?