Leadership Inspirations Activities

This Game Is Really Fun

Make everyone laugh and feel comfortable with this simple game

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

The group creates a circle, holds hands, and chants “this game is really fun” until everyone laughs.

 

SET UP

  • Have enough space and quiet for everyone to form a circle and hear each other.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Stand in a circle holding hands.
  • Swing your hands back and forth chanting in a monotone, “This game is really fun.”
  • All participants must make eye contact with other participants.
  • If participants start to giggle or smile, participants step out, creating a smaller and smaller circle of chanting, bored-looking people.
  • The game ends with two people holding hands, swinging their hands, chanting and staring into each other’s eyes.
  • Whoever laughs last wins.

VARIATIONS

  • Chant whatever you want- an inside joke within your whole group, etc.
  • Everyone who is out can distract the players who are still in to try to make them laugh.
  • When there are enough people who are out they can form a circle on the outside of the players who are still in. In the outside circle, you cannot get out.

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?

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.?

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?
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?