Leadership Inspirations Activities

Tallest Tower

Build teamwork while building the tallest tower

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Miscellaneous building supplies (Cards, Spaghetti, Marshmallows, Popsicle Sticks, Pipe Cleaners), measuring tape

 

SUMMARY

Strategize how to build the tallest tower in the room by working with your team and using the materials creatively.

 

SET UP

  • Prepare supplies for each group. They can use anything to build their towers (deck of cards, spaghetti and marshmallows, popsicle sticks, or any craft supplies you may have around) but each group needs the same amount of resources to start.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Split everyone up into small groups of about five people each.
  • Each team will be challenged to build the tallest tower/pyramid that they can together in seven minutes.
  • They get one minute to strategize and plan before the timer starts.
  • The tallest structure wins!

VARIATIONS

  • Also see the activity Candy Challenge.
  • Create a system for groups to earn or lose supplies – perhaps by answering quiz questions correctly or incorrectly or by completing other tasks or activities earlier in the workshop.

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.?

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?