Leadership Inspirations Activities

Where’s My Chicken?

Outsmart the “farmer” to steal their “chickens”

Duration

30-45 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Rope, “Chickens”

 

SUMMARY

Group members will have to develop a strategy and coordinate their efforts to outsmart the farmer and steal their chickens. This activity will challenge your group’s dynamic and align them towards a common goal.

 

SET UP

  • Place the rope in a line on one side of the intended play area.
  • You can use any objects to represent chickens: boxes, chairs, cones etc. The larger the objects, the more challenging the activity will be for your group.
  • Place the “chicken(s)” about 10-25 meters away from the rope.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Tell the participants that you are the farmer carefully looking over your chicken(s). Their task is to steal your chicken(s) from you without you seeing the chicken(s) being taken. You will stand behind the chicken(s) with your back facing the group, chicken(s), and rope and turn around occasionally.
  • The rules of the activity are as follows:
    • The group must all start behind the rope.
    • If you see anyone move, they all must go back to the start.
    • If you see that your chicken has been moved and you can see any part of it, the chicken must be returned and everyone goes back.
  • The group wins when they have successfully brought the chicken(s) behind the starting line.

VARIATIONS

  • Play with multiple chickens (recommended for larger groups).
  • You can also play Smaug’s Treasure.

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?
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?