Leadership Inspirations Activities

Little Sally Walker

Amp up the energy in your group with some fun dance moves

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Mixer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

 
Sing and dance your way to fun and laughs with your large group.

 

SET UP

  • Have your group stand in a circle so that everyone can see each other.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • The central aspect of this activity is for everyone to continue singing the “Little Sally Walker Song”
    • The song goes like this: “Little Sally Walker. Walking down the Street. Oh Oh. She didn’t know what to do so she stopped in front of me and said hey girl, do your thing do your thing do your thing. Hey girl do your thing do your thing then stop.”
  • Have everyone practice this song at least once or twice together.
  • Once everyone understands the beat and rhythm, the activity can start. Choose 2-3 people per 15 members of your group to step inside the circle.
  • While everyone sings the “Little Sally Walker” song, the participants in the middle of the circle will walk/dance/skip along the inside of the circle made by the other group members.
  • When everyone sings the part of the song, “so she stopped in front of me”, the participants in the middle must stop in front of someone in the circle and do a dance move until the end of the song. The participant on the outside of the circle must mimic the dance move of the one on inside.
  • At the end of the song (“then stop”), the two participants swap positions and the song and play resumes.
  • Continue this for 7-8 rounds or until group members no longer want to participate.

VARIATIONS

  • To make the activity lower risk, give each of the members a specific dance move so they don’t need to come up with one on their own.
  • Instead of forcing a swap, anyone who wants to join the inside circle may at any time.

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?

Teambuilding

  • 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?