Leadership Inspirations Activities

Toss Me The Bird

Participants avoid getting tagged by using teamwork to
make sure each person remains safe

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Mixer, Game

Materials

Balls Or Bean Bags

 

SUMMARY

In this activity participants avoid getting tagged by using teamwork to make sure each person remains safe. The purpose of this activity is to increase the energy of the group with a fun game and mixer!

 

SET UP

  • Go into any area where the group can run around freely with no obstacles.
  • Safety: Since participants will be throwing objects, make sure they throw underhand and do not throw towards people’s heads.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • A tag game where balls or bean bags are used as “safety”
  • When you are in possession of a ball or “bird” you cannot be tagged.
  • Set a boundary and select a person to be “It”.
  • Give the group one bird for every five people.
  • “It” tries to tag a person, the group must flip a bird to anyone in danger·
  •  If “It” manages to tag someone, they are now it.

VARIATIONS

  • When the person who is it tags someone, they both remain “It”. Whoever can avoid being “It” for the longest wins.

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?

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?

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?