Leadership Inspirations Activities

Sardines

How many people can you hide together?

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

In this backwards game of hide and seek, one person hides and everyone else tries to find them.

 

SET UP

  • Set clear boundaries so that people aren’t going too far or off-site.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Choose one person to hide.
  • Keep the rest of the group together so that they don’t see their hiding place.
  • Then the group has to split up and try to find the hidden person.
  • Once a member of the group finds the hidden person they hide quietly with them until the entire group is hiding together.
  • The person who found the hider first can hide the next round.

VARIATIONS

  • There are many variations to the game of hide and seek! Here are a few more that you can try:
    • The Wave
      • There is one seeker and everyone else hides.
      • If found, the hider joins the seeker as they look for people.
      • If they see someone that the seeker doesn’t they wave at them.
      • The hidden person waves back and then the found person is freed and can run off to hide again.
    • Back to Base
      • There is one seeker and everyone else hides.
      • As the seeker searches, the people hiding are trying to make their way back to a designated home ‘base’ without being caught.
      • If they are spotted, the seeker must try to tag them.
      • If tagged, they become a part of the seeking team looking for others.

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?

Accountability

  • Who are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?

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?

Project Planning

  • What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
  • How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
  • How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?
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?