Leadership Inspirations Activities

Pterodactyl

Try not to laugh with this high energy activity

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Game

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

Pterodactyl is a difficult word to say. Now try saying it with your lips covering your teeth and get ready for the laughs!

 

SET UP

  • Have all participants stand up and form a large circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Inform all participants that the point of the activity is to keep their lips covering their teeth during the entire time. If they show their teeth at any point in time, they will be out.
  • The game begins as one participant faces the person to their right and says “pterodactyl”
  • Then that player turns to their right and says “pterodactyl” and play continues in this way until someone shows their teeth (usually from laughing!) and gets out.
  • If anyone would like to change the direction, they can squawk as loud as they want or however they want, mimicking the sound of a pterodactyl – making sure to still not show their teeth!
  • The activity continues until there are only a few participants left, but can be ended at any point based on time.

VARIATIONS

  • To make this activity even more challenging, tell participants that they are not allowed to laugh either. If they laugh, they will be eliminated.
  • Each time someone squawks to switch directions, they must raise their arms and mimic the stance of a pterodactyl. Sometimes this happens naturally, but if you are with a group that is fairly close, it will help to make the activity even funnier.
  • Play with categories instead. If the category is fruits and veggies, have everyone go around and say a different fruit or vegetable. Instead of going around in a circle they will pass to different players by saying their fruit or vegetable. The first player would say their fruit or vegetable twice and then pass by saying someone else’s twice: Player 1: “Strawberry, strawberry, carrot, carrot” then Player 2: “Carrot, Carrot, Apple Apple”. Same rules apply, no showing teeth!

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?