Leadership Inspirations Activities

Pass It

An activity that stimulates group rhythm by having participants pass a sound around the circle quickly and on beat

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

This simple activity explores rhythm as a metaphor for life and how well groups work together. It is good for teamwork and as an energizer.

 

SET UP

  •  Arrange your group in a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Participants work to pass a clapping sound around the circle quickly and with quality. One person ‘gives’ a clap to the next person.  That person ‘receives’ the sound by clapping at the same time, then turns to pass the clap to the next person in the circle. Start slowly; if participants are way off, start again.
  • Let the sound move continuously around the circle numerous times to get the group into it, gaining speed as they get the hang of it.
  • Once participants establish a good rhythm, stop play and restart again with two claps.  Do this by introducing a second clap right after the first. Now participants must be very alert to make it work.
  • Ask your group to set a goal as to how many claps they can get around the circle and back to where they started.  Allow many opportunities for practice.
  • Safety: Since some people may struggle to stay on beat, be aware of emotional safety. Also, watch for ‘sore hand’ syndrome.  Too much clapping can be rough on a person!

VARIATIONS

  • Introduce to the group new sounds and new rhythms. For example, add a snap or a foot stomp.  Or, pass a high five around the circle.  The variations are limitless!

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?

Alignment

  • 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.?
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?