Leadership Inspirations Activities

Blanket Name Game

Test your knowledge of the names of everyone in your group

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

Large blanket or tarp

 

SUMMARY

Begin to familiarize with all the names of the people in your group. It can be challenging, but this will be a fun and unique way to solidify names in your brain!

 

SET UP

  • Split up your group into two teams.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • First, everyone should go around the room and introduce themselves to the group.
  • Then, split the group up into two equally sized teams.
  • Two volunteers from one team will need to hold up a blanket or tarp between the two groups, so that each group cannot see the other.
  • For each turn, one team chooses a volunteer to stand (or sit) behind the blanket. The facilitator will count “1, 2, 3” . When the facilitator get to 3, the two volunteers holding the blanket should let go, letting it fall to the floor.
  • The first player to correctly identify the name of the other player wins the round, earning one point.
  • Repeat these steps until one team reaches a desired number of points (or whenever time runs out).

VARIATIONS

  • If you do not have access to a blanket, this activity can be done as Name Duck. Everyone should make a large circle with one person in the middle. The player in the middle will shout out a name and that person must duck. The participants to the left and right of the player ducking must shout the other’s name as fast as they can. The player who says the name slowest is eliminated from the activity.
  • Have two players stand back to back without them knowing who is participating. Count to ten and on every count the players must take one step forward away from the other person. When the facilitator say 3, the participants must trung around and shout the other’s name as fast as possible. The player who is fastest earns a point for their team.

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?