Leadership Inspirations Activities

Will You Buy My Donkey?

Group members try to sell a very talented donkey to some unwilling buyers


10 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity






In this silly game, participants try to sell a very talented donkey to unwilling buyers. The seller will try to sell his or her donkey to a group member and will explain what the donkey can do. Another group member will act as the donkey and will act out what the seller says the donkey can do. If the potential buyer laughs the participants will switch roles.



  • Have the group sitting in a circle.
  • Ask for two volunteers to stand in the middle. One will be the donkey and the other will be the seller.


  • The seller moves around the circle with the donkey and then chooses someone to stop and ask, “Will you buy my donkey?”
  • The person picked must respond, without laughing, “No thank you.”
  • The seller then has a second chance and must say, “but my donkey can……” and the seller picks an action (dance, sing, tell jokes etc.).
  • The donkey then performs the action and still without laughing the person picked must respond, “No thank you.”
  • If the person laughs, then they become the donkey, the donkey becomes the seller and the seller joins the group.
  • If they do not laugh, the seller must move on to sell his donkey to another group member.
  • Safety: Although its fun to get close in this activity, discourage people from touching each other.


  • For large groups there can be two donkeys who work together to perform the action.
  • You can use props (hats, instruments etc.) for added fun!
  • It doesn’t have to be a donkey. The seller could choose which animal they wanted to sell with the “donkey” being surprised as to what they are.


  • 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?
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?