Leadership Inspirations Activities

Llama Llama

Step outside your comfort zone with this high energy activity of “catch”

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

Participants will pass the magic “llama” power around the circle and have tons of fun while doing it!

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.
  • Facilitator Note: This is a difficult activity to explain without first seeing it played. It is recommended that you observe the activity at least once before attempting to facilitate the activity. 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • The first component of Llama Llama is the beat. Instruct the group to make the beat by alternating between slapping their thighs once and clapping their hands once in unison. This can be done as fast or as slow as the leader dictates.
  • Llama Llama works like a game of catch with no ball. To pass the ‘llama’, you make a llama with your arm by bending your elbow up and using your hand to create the head of the llama using your fingers and thumb. The “llama” is passed by saying “llama llama” with your hand llama repeatedly opening its mouth towards you and then repeating “llama llama” with your hand llama opening its mouth towards your intended target. This is all done on the beat.
  • Once someone receives the llama, they use the same method to pass it to someone else.
  • The people on either side of the person receiving the llama must “boom-chicka” towards the person who received the llama until that person has passed the llama. This is done by holding up your fists close to your chest with your elbows out wide and pumping your fists back and forth as if dancing to your favorite jam.
  • Instruct the participants that to start the activity they must repeat after the leader for the first two lines of a chant. The leader then starts the activity by saying (on beat) “Who’s got the Llama, (pause for repeat), I’ve got the Llama! (pause for repeat)” The leader then passes the llama as instructed above.
  • Llama Llama is an elimination game. Once someone is eliminated, they must leave the circle and you must restart the activity. You can be eliminated for:
    • Failing to pass the llama or incorrectly passing the llama
    • Passing off beat
    • Failing to or incorrectly performing the “boom-chicka”
  • You can play until there are 2 participants left.

VARIATIONS

  • Have eliminated players attempt to distract the players still playing.
  • Change the speed of the activity often. Sometimes going extremely slow can be just as difficult as going super fast.

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?