Leadership Inspirations Activities

Skittles Game

A sweet way to get to know the members of a group

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Mixer, Bonding Activity

Materials

Skittles

 

SUMMARY

Satisfy your sweet tooth while sharing different things about yourself with your group. This free form icebreaker allows groups to decide what they would like to share.

 

SET UP

  • You will need enough Skittles for each member of your group to take a handful.
  • Arrange your group in a circle so that everyone can see each other.
  • Facilitator Note: Timing for this activity will depend on the size of your group.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pass out Skittles.
  • Participants may take as many as they would like but instruct them not to eat any until given permission.
  • When everyone has some, go around the circle and for each Skittle the participant must share something about themselves.
  • When they share one thing they can eat one Skittle.

VARIATIONS

  • To save on time, you can also make the colors of the candy mean something: for red Skittles tell us what you are most passionate about; for blue Skittles tell us something that makes you really happy, etc. This way, if people have a whole handful, they only need to share one thing for each of the colors.
  • You can also use toilet paper for this activity. Pass around a roll and tell participants to “take as much as they need”. For each square of toilet paper they will share one thing about themselves.
  • Check out Flash for a speedy version of this activity.

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?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
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?