Leadership Inspirations Activities

Web Of Life

Create an interconnected web with your group as they share things with each other

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming, Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Yarn, Scissors

 

SUMMARY

Participants stand in a circle and, one-by-one, share something about themself and pass the yarn. The participant who catches the yarn is next to share. After everyone has shared the last person throws their yarn back to the first person and the web is completed.

SET UP

  • You will need a ball of yarn that is approximately 250 yards long.
  • This activity will take approximately 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your group. For large or extra large groups allow 30-45 minutes.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have the group stand or sit in a circle. Using a ball of yarn, wrap the end around your wrist once, introduce yourself ,and pass the ball of yarn randomly across the circle to someone.
  • Ask them to introduce themselves and tell the group something about themselves (you can narrow a topic if you’d like).
  • Once they are done have them toss the yarn randomly to someone else. Now that person will wrap their wrist in yarn and share. Then they will pass it to someone who has not gotten the yarn yet.
  • Once the yarn gets back to you, (make sure to tell them you need to receive the yarn last) you will have formed a cool web of yarn.
  • Use scissors to cut the yarn and have everyone wrap the yarn around their wrists as bracelets and reminders of the bonds they have formed or will be forming.

VARIATIONS

  • At the end of your program or workshop, ask each person to share their commitment to the group moving forward.
    • Ask individuals to drop the yarn and explore what happens to the yarn when they do.
    • Discuss the importance of commitment and relying on each other.
  • Use this activity with Bondfire Buddies.
  • Use this activity as a way for everyone to share their proudest moments.

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.?

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?

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?