Leadership Inspirations Activities

Water Pass

Move as much water as possible from the front of the line to the back

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Mixer, Experiential Activity

Materials

Buckets, Cups, Water

 

SUMMARY

Participants are split into two teams and are given a full bucket of water and an empty bucket of water. They will work together to get as much water from the full bucket into the empty bucket as possible.

 

SET UP

  • This game is best played with teams of at least 10-12 people.
  • Each team will need two buckets – one filled with water and one empty.
  • You will need a plastic cup for each participant.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Divide the group into teams of equal size.
  • The teams must sit on the ground in a line (fronts to backs) with folded crossed.
  • The goal of the activity is to get as much water from the full bucket at the front of the line to the empty bucket at the back of the line.
  • Each person has a cup, and will pass the water over their head, with two hands on the cup at all times.
  • Give each team a minute to strategize.
  • Give the teams approximately 3 minutes to complete the task.
  • Each team can select a “Coach” to help instruct the team to success. This member does not pass the water.
  • At the end of the 3 minutes, see which team has the most water in their bucket at the end of the line!

VARIATIONS

  • Instead of breaking up into teams, have your whole group complete the task as fast as they can!
  • Add a ‘no talking’ rule.

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?