Leadership Inspirations Activities

This or That

Choose between “this” or “that” to get to know your group

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Mixer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

 
This activity is a great way for particularly large groups to get to know a little about each other. Participants must make a choice between two options presented to them by the facilitator and show their choice by moving to one side of the room or the other.

 

SET UP

  • Prepare a variety of statements for participants to choose between “this” and “that”. For example:
    • Cats or dogs
    • Books or movies
    • Sweet or salty
    • Sun or snow
  • You will need enough space for participants to move around freely.
  • Define a middle boundary line in this space.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • The facilitator will read aloud two options.
  • The facilitator will also indicate which side of the room is for what option.
  • Participants will have to make a choice between the two – do they prefer “this” or “that”?
  • Once they have decided, they will move to the appropriate side of the room.
  • They should look around at who is standing with them and who is standing on the other side before the facilitator reads the next statement.
  • Play continues in this way for as long as you’d like. Try adding in one of the Variations for more involved play.

VARIATIONS

  • Invite participants to make up their own “this” or “that” options.
  • Prepare Dyad questions and once participants have settled on their “side” have them respond to questions with someone close by.
  • For a higher risk version of this activity try “Always, Sometimes, Never

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?

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 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?