Leadership Inspirations Activities

Toe Fencing

Try to step on your partner’s toe (lightly!)

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Game

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

In this silly game, pairs attempt to tap their partner’s toes without being tagged themselves. A great way to get the group moving around and warmed up.

 

SET UP

  • Have group members divide themselves into pairs, face their partner, and grab hands.
  • Safety: Remind group members that this is toe fencing, not toe stomping!

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have group members divide themselves into pairs, face their partner, and grab hands.
  • Keeping their hands connected, they dance around trying to lightly tap the top of their partner’s shoe with the toe end of their own shoes.
  • At the same time, they are attempting to keep their partner from doing the same.
  • The winner is the person who taps his or her partner’s foot twice in a row without being tagged in between.

VARIATIONS

  • Try this activity standing, sitting in chairs, or sitting on the ground with their feet in front of them and knees bent.
  • Play several rounds with different partner pairs to mix and mingle your group.

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?

Feedback

  • 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?

Meeting Skills

  • What are some of our effective and ineffective meeting habits?
  • When are you most engaged in meetings? When are you least engaged?
  • What are the roles that people play in meetings? Why are these roles important?
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?