Leadership Inspirations Activities

Penny Flop

Move a penny from your nose off of your face only using facial muscles


10 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer


One Penny Per Pair



A quick energizer activity that encourages participants to make silly faces with a cheerleader. Great to get a group more comfortable with one another.



  • Have your group break into partners and give each pair a penny.


  • One person lies on their back and balances a penny on their nose.
  • Without moving anything but their facial muscles, they try to get the penny off their face.
  • The partner watching is the judge and cheerleader.
  • Not everyone will be able to get the penny off, switch roles before people get frustrated.


  • You can also use cookies! Participants try to move the cookie from their nose or forehead to their mouth without dropping it.


  • 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?


  • 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?