Leadership Inspirations Activities
In this Telephone/Pictionary hybrid, groups try to pass a message along using phrases and pictures
Type Of Activity
This activity puts a spin on the games of Telephone and Pictionary. It will help group members to understand others perspectives and ways of interpreting the world.
- Prepare Paper Booklets: Take 8 x 11” pieces of paper (portrait).
- Fold and cut the pieces of paper in half horizontally, so that they will be 8 x 5.5″.
- Then, give each person 5 pieces of paper.
- Have them fold the paper in half vertically (4 x 5.5″) to make a booklet.
- Staple the pieces of paper at its book spine to keep the pages together.
- Ask everyone to sit in a circle.
- Give everyone a paper booklet and pen.
- Each person is to write a short familiar phrase or sentence on the cover of the booklet, for example: “I believe I can fly” or “Rock paper scissors”. Give everyone one minute to write a phrase down.
- Then, tell everyone to pass their booklet to the person to their right.
- Each person will read the phrase on the cover of their new booklet, flip the cover page, and draw a picture of their interpretation on the right side of the booklet. Give everyone one minute to draw a picture of the phrase.
- Then tell everyone to pass their booklet to the person to their right, with their picture open and visible.
- The next person will look only at the picture that the person to their left has drawn. Tell them to flip the page, and draw a short phrase that interprets the picture (on the right side of the booklet). Give everyone one minute to write a phrase down.
- Continue this pattern of drawing pictures and writing phrases until each person receives their own booklet back.
- Then, have each person go through their own booklets and showcase each page in front of the group.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- 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?
- 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.?
- Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
- What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
- How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?
- 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?
- 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?