Leadership Inspirations Activities

Ninja

Try to be the fastest and stealthiest member of your group!

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

 
Eliminate all of your opponents by gently tapping their hands.

 

SET UP

  • Have your group stand in a circle so that everyone can see each other.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • To start this activity, everyone must yell “Ninja!” and then jump back and strike their best ninja pose.
    • Safety: Cultural appropriation is a sensitive topic, be aware of how participants participate in this activity and be prepared to intervene if they are inappropriate.
  • One participant must start the activity by making one swift motion.
    • The object of the swift motion is to gently tap someone else’s hand.
    • Emphasize that it must only be one swift motion!
  • Other players are allowed just one swift motion to try not to get tapped.  
    • If a participant’s hand is tapped, they are out and must remove themselves from the circle.
  • After both of these motions, both players must freeze in their new position.
    • If a participant moves before it is their turn, they are out and must remove themselves from the circle.
  • The activity continues to the right until there is only one player left.

VARIATIONS

  • To make the activity longer, if your hand is tapped, you only lose that hand and can no longer use it. You are not eliminated from the circle until both hands are tapped.
  • For an added challenge, you can have every participant clasp their hands. Every motion must be made with their hands clasped. If a participant unclasps their hands, they are eliminated.

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?

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 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?