Leadership Inspirations Activities

Name Tag

For group members to learn each other’s names through an energetic game of tag

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

Learning new names can be challenging and the process can be tedious. This activity makes learning new names active and fun by turning it into a game of tag!

SET UP

  • Have your group stand in a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Participants will hold their hand out with their palm flat up. Their elbow should be bent and anchored at their side. They cannot move from that position.
  • One person will be “It” and stand in the middle to start the game. They will clearly say their name followed by the name of another person in the circle. If you are “It”, you cannot tag the person who you call first.
  • If your name is called, you must say your name and the name of someone else in the circle before the person who is “It” tags you. Participants cannot move their body to evade a tag (i.e. moving your hand, turning away etc).
  • If you are not tagged, then the person that you called will try to say their name and the name of someone else before being tagged. Gameplay will continue in this way until the person who is “It” tags someone.
  • If you are tagged, you are now “It” and will switch places with the person in the middle to restart the game.

VARIATIONS

  • Participants must count to three between their own name and the next name that they call (advised for larger groups).

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?

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?

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?