Leadership Inspirations Activities
Strategize the best path through the square
Type Of Activity
Ropes, Tape Or Cones To Make A Square, Paper Plates Or Polyspots
Groups must successfully navigate their way through the square without losing too many valuable resources. This requires strategy, coordination, and flexible problem solving.
- You will need to set up this activity before giving instructions to your group:
- Create a square boundary (you can use rope, cones, or chalk) large enough for your entire group to fit comfortably and move around.
- Designate entrance and exit spots outside each of the four corners of the square and mark them with tape or a polyspot.
- Place more spots around randomly inside the circle, your group will use these to maneuver through the square. You should have as many or fewer poly spots than group members (but not more).
- Break up your group into four teams. This game is best played with 20-30 people but can also be played with smaller or larger groups you just may need more time, space, and supplies.
- Situation: Your small group will need to enter the square by first stepping on the spot outside the square. Then, you will need to use the spots inside as stepping stones to make your way through the square to your designated exit spot. Each group’s exit is the spot diagonal to their entrance.
- Enter and exit by stepping on the corner spots.
- Spots are used for crossing – ANY body part, such as a hand or foot, contacting the ground must also be in contact with a spot.
- “Illegal” contact with the ground requires that person to go back to their beginning spot and reenter.
- A spot is ‘activated’ by contact. Once activated, loss of contact with that spot results in loss of the spot.
- Loss of too many spots to complete the activity safely results in “shut down” and the group starts over with all spots replaced.
- ALL participants (from all four groups) must be in the square before anyone may exit.
- The boundary and spots may not be moved.
- Time the activity and see if they group can beat their previous time.
- Silence the group and have them finish the activity without using verbal communication.
- See also Stepping Stones and River Crossing.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?