Leadership Inspirations Activities

Mingle

Get into smaller groups as quickly as possible

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Mixer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

A fun and easy way to mix and mingle larger groups or to break them up into smaller groups for an activity.

 

SET UP

  • Have everyone stand up and spread out around the room or space.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • The group will walk around the room mingling at a brisk pace, shaking hands with different people, and singing “mingle, mingle, mingle” (to the tune of “Conga”).
  • The facilitator will yell out a number.
  • Participants must get into a group of that many people and sit down with them as soon as they are all together.
  • Have them answer an easy, low risk get to know you question with each other.
  • Once they are done have them mingle again until you call another number.
  • If you find that people aren’t mixing and mingling as much as you’d like, introduce a rule that they can’t have any of the same people in their group from the previous round.

VARIATIONS

  • Play music instead of having groups sing “Mingle”.
  • When people sit together in a group have them answer Dyad questions or play a round of Flash.
  • Instead of calling out numbers, call out specific commands and formations:
    • Lighthouse (5 people) – 1 person stands in the middle with their hands pointed in the air above their head. This person turns in a circle. The other 4 people surround the person spinning in the middle.
    • Bobsled (4 people) – Everyone lines up in a row of 4 and sit down.
    • Save The Queen (3 people) – 2 People kneel, creating a “throne”. The third person sits on the “throne” and waves.
    • Birdy On A Perch (2 People) – Have 1 person kneel on the ground. The other person sit on their knee and chirps like a bird.
    • At Attention (1 Person) – Each person salutes the facilitator. They may only move if the facilitator says “At Ease”.

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?
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?