Leadership Inspirations Activities

Pass The Stone

An activity where opposing teams must guess which group member is holding a stone

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Game

Materials

A Small Stone, Marble, Or Coin For Each Group

 

SUMMARY

This activity tests communication, collaboration, and strategy by asking group members to either deceive the other team or to guess correctly which group member from the opposing team is holding the stone.

 

SET UP

  • Have the participants sit in two parallel lines facing each other about two feet apart.
  • Make sure both lines have the same number of people. Each line receives a small or object which is passed (or appears to be passed) down the line.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Each person can pass the stone or just appear to pass it on. Hands must be kept in front of the body. Both lines “pass” at the same time.
  • The participants should be watching the other team, not their own, to see if they can figure out where the stone stops. When the “passing” reaches the ends of the lines, each group huddles to choose who on the other team has the pebble. The first person in each line presents the team’s choice and if they guess right, they get a point. If you want to emphasize team strategy more, you can ask them to briefly discuss their team strategy for the next round in their huddles.
  • Then they come back and sit in their original lines. The head of the line gets up and goes to the end of the line and this repeats until everyone has a chance to lead the line.

VARIATIONS

  • If you have a large group, then make more lines and rotate after each round.

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?