Leadership Inspirations Activities

Zip Zap Zop

Pass the bolt of energy without getting caught holding it!

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Game

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

Participants need to pass a bolt of energy using the words zip, zap and zop in that exact order. Make sure to pass it as fast as you can without using the wrong word!

 

SET UP

  • Have all participants stand up and form a large circle. Each person needs to be able to make direct eye contact with everyone in the circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Ask all participants  to stand in a circle and repeat the words “Zip, Zap, Zop” three or four times all together just to get the hang of the pattern.
  • Then, introduce the activity: Imagine that I have a bolt of energy in my hands. To start the game, I will send the bolt of energy out of my body with my hands straight to someone else in the circle (use hands, body, eyes, and voice to make contact across the circle) and say, “Zip.”
    • This motion is made by pressing your hands together almost like a prayer position and then pointing your joined hands at someone else in the circle. To make it clear who you are passing to, you should make eye contact and take a step into the circle as well.
  • The next person passes the energy in the same way immediately to someone else saying “Zap.” The person who receives the “Zap” passes the energy on to another participant with a “Zop.”
  • The game continues and the “Zip, Zap, Zop” sequence is repeated as the energy moves around the circle.  
  • Encourage all participants to use their whole body to send energy and to make eye contact. They can send the energy to whomever they want but the goal is to include all players. Also, tell the participants that just like the speed of light, they need to be very fast when sending the bolt of energy.
  • If there is a mistake, the participant who made the mistake will exit the circle and the activity will resume.
  • The activity continues until there is only one participant left!

VARIATIONS

  • Zip Zap Zop Boing!: Keep the game going by passing different actions around the circle without messing up! 

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?