Leadership Inspirations Activities

Touch The Can

Get everyone in the group to touch the object at the same time

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

A Small Object (Soda Can, Water Bottle, Etc.)

 

SUMMARY

Groups must utilize their problem solving skills to come up with a creative way to get everyone in their group to touch a small object at the same time.

 

SET UP

  • Select a relatively small object to use for this activity – soda can, water bottle, balloon etc.
  • Find space to play that is large enough for your group to move around.
  • Safety: If they are picking each other up or precariously placed, make sure they are relatively safe and allow 1-2 spotters.
  • Facilitator Note: The group may use tools or inanimate objects to help them all be in contact with the can, but do not tell them this explicitly. Let them explore and problem solve.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • The object of this activity is for the entire group to make physical contact with an empty pop can.
  • One person’s nose must be touching the can.
  • Hair does not count.
  • They must be all be in contact with the object for at least 5 seconds consecutively.

VARIATIONS

  • If you have a small enough group, you can require that each person has to be physically in contact with the pop can.

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?

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.?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?

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?