Leadership Inspirations Activities

Straw Game

Balance straws together as group while trying to accomplish different tasks

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Drinking Straws

 

SUMMARY

This activity takes concentration and coordination. Group members must try to balance straws between them while trying to accomplish different tasks together.

 

SET UP

  • Purchase enough drinking straws for each member of your group.
  • Have the group stand together in a circle, they will need to be close together, shoulder to shoulder.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have each person put their arms at their side.
  • Keeping their arms at their side, have them bend their arms up at their elbows so their hands are in front of them.
  • Then, they should cross their right hand over their left hand in front of them, making an ‘x’ with their forearms.
  • Staying in the position, they need to point their index fingers.
  • Their challenge is to balance straws between their own index fingers and the index fingers of the person to the right and left of them.
  • As the facilitator, go around the circle placing straws. The straws should connect the index fingers of each person around the circle so that they are balancing them between them.
  • Once the group is set, give them challenges to sit, stand up, or walk around together without dropping any of the straws.
  • If anyone drops a straw, the group must start over.

VARIATIONS

  • The larger the group, the more challenging this activity might be. Start in small groups and then combine to make bigger groups and add difficulty.
  • Your group might also like Helium Hoop!

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?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What does your group do well as a team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
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?