Leadership Inspirations Activities

Perfect Polygon

Group members will attempt to make shapes using rope, but with their eyes closed

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Rope

 

SUMMARY

This activity tests the communication and problem solving skills of the group as they try to make different shapes using only rope.

 

SET UP

  • Lay a circle of rope on the ground and have the group stand around it.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Tell the group to pick up the rope and to close their eyes.
  • Then tell them that they need to form a perfect square without opening their eyes.
  • You can also have them get into other shapes if they make a square easily, (e.g. a 5-point star, circle, rectangle, pentagon, etc.)

VARIATIONS

  • You can have a few group members open their eyes. These group members may not talk.
  • If the group is really struggling, you can have some group members open their eyes and speak.
  • Also see Five Pointed Stars.

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.?

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?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?
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?