Leadership Inspirations Activities

Name Duck

Get to know the names of the people in your group

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

 
This energetic name game is a great way to get everyone involved in learning each other’s names.

 

SET UP

  • Gather everyone in the group together in a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Instruct everyone in the circle to go around and say their name once out loud.
  • To start off the activity, one person needs to stand in the middle of the circle.
  • The player in the middle will shout out a name and that person must duck. The participants to the left and right of the player ducking must shout each other’s name as fast as they can.
  • The player who says the other’s name slowest is eliminated from the activity.

VARIATIONS

  • If you don’t want to make this an elimination activity, you can have the player who “lost” to their opponent become the person in the middle of the circle.
  • Check out the Blanket Name Game for another fun option!

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?

Inclusion & 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?