Leadership Inspirations Activities

Magic Box

 Learn each other’s names while telling a funny story as a group

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

Small Box Or Something Similar

 

SUMMARY

This activity helps groups to learn each others names while telling a funny story together.

 

SET UP

  • You will need a small box or something similar to pass around.
  • Have all participants form a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pass the box around the circle.
  • Each person will say their name and what is in their ‘Magic Box’.
  • Whatever is in someone’s Magic Box must relate to whatever was in the box of the person before them. For example, the first person could say, “Hi, my name is Kiley and in my Magic Box I have a unicorn” and then pass the object to the second person, who could say, “Hi, my name is Nathan and in my Magic Box I have the rainbow that the unicorn takes to work.”
  • Continue passing the object around the circle and sharing until everyone has had a chance to speak.
  • Safety: Set groundrules that the objects and story the group tells must be appropriate.   

VARIATIONS

  • Have the group tell an actual story together, each person gets to contribute one full sentence to the story. It must have a main character and a beginning, middle and end.

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?

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?

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?
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?