Leadership Inspirations Activities

Wobbly Hook

Groups go “fishing” with a wobbly hook

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

PVC pipe, assorted PVC joints, PVC caps, lengths of rope, eye bolts, screw hooks, bucket or bin

 

SUMMARY

 
Groups will be given a “wobbly” hook and must use it to collect as many items from the “pond” as possible. It requires communication and collaboration in order for groups to be successful.  

 

SET UP

  • This activity requires that you assemble/build your teambuilding supplies:
    • Hook (one hook per 8 participants)
      • To create your “hook” you will need a short length of PVC pipe (18”-2’ in length), a PVC cap, 8 lengths of rope (5-6’ long), and one screw hook.
      • Drill a hole in the PVC cap and place your screw hook. You may need to secure with the proper sized washer or nut.
      • Place the cap on the end of your PVC pipe.
      • Drill 8 holes in different places around the length of PVC pipe, large enough to thread your ropes through.
      • Tie a knot at one end of each rope, thread the unknotted end through the PVC pipe and out one of the holes you have drilled. Pull until it stops at the knot. Do this for all 8 lengths of rope.
    • Playing Pieces
      • Gather an assortment of PVC joints (4-5 recommended per hook)
      • In each joint, drill one hole to place an eye bolt.
      • You may need to secure the bolts with nuts.
  • To play
    • You will need a large, clear playing space.
    • Scatter playing pieces in this space. Remember you will want about 4-5 pieces per small group.
    • Break your group up into small groups of about 8 people each.
    • Give each small group one hook.
    • Place a bucket or bin in the center of the playing field for groups to drop playing pieces.  

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Instruct everyone to take up one rope from their hook. 
    • If you have groups smaller than 8 people per hook, some group members will need to hold onto two ropes.
  • Their objective is to collect as many playing pieces from the field as possible using only their hook and return them to the bucket or bin in the center of the playing field.
  • Everyone must be holding onto at least one rope at all times.
  • Everyone must hold onto the end of their ropes, they cannot shorten their rope in any way or for any reason.
  • Give them a time limit of 10-15 minutes to complete the task.

VARIATIONS

  • Try Marker Madness for a “table top” version of this activity
  • You can also check out Nuclear Waste for a large group version of this activity

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?

Accountability

  • What are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?

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?