Leadership Inspirations Activities

Red Handed

Avoid getting two items in your lap at the same time

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer

Materials

Small Items Or Toys To Pass

 

SUMMARY

A twist on the popular ‘hot potato’, get your group excited with this activity where participants try to avoid getting passed more than one object.

 

SET UP

  • Have the group sit or stand in a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pass several fun items or toys around the circle.
  • The object of the game is for participants to avoid getting two items passed to them at the same time.
  • If someone ends up with more than one item/toy, they are out and the game resets.
  • The items must always be moving around the circle.
  • They must pass to their immediate left and right, there is to be no throwing of objects.
  • They can switch directions at any time.
  • No one can refuse an object.

VARIATIONS

  • In larger groups, you may need more items/toys so that more people can participate in the circle. Adding objects also increases the difficulty and speed of the game!
  • Instead of having participants get ‘out’, if a person ends up with two or more objects have them answer a question or give them a silly task to complete.
  • If playing outside, use water balloons!

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?

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?
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?