Leadership Inspirations Activities

Zip Zap Zop Boing!

Keep the game going without getting tongue tied or confused!

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Game

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

In this fast paced activity, participants can choose from five different actions to keep the game going: zip, zap, zop, boing! or freak out. Each action must be used correctly to keep the game going! 

 

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

  • Participants will choose and pass different actions around the circle as quickly as they can. 
  • Ask a volunteer to start with a “Zip”. They will turn their body and face the person to their left and with hands pressed together and pointing at that person they will say “Zip”
  • The next person will also pass the “Zip” to the person on their left in the same way. The Zip will continue in this direction until someone decides to change the action. 
  • Possible Actions:
    • Zip: pass to the left 
    • Zap: pass to the right
    • Zop: pass across the circle – make sure to use eye contact and body language so the other person knows that you are passing to them. If a participant “Zops” across the circle, the participant who receives the “Zop” must continue in the original direction. For example: “Zip, Zip, Zop, Zip” (the game continues moving to the left). 
    • Boing!: if you bounce and say “Boing!” it changes the direction of a Zip, Zap, or Zop. You can only change direction by using a Boing! For example: “Zip, Zip, Boing, Zap”. 
    • Freak Out: All the players must dance across the circle to change spots and then whoever called “Freak Out” must pick up the pattern where they left off. For example: “Zip, Freak Out, Zip” 
  • Start slow before challenging participants to play as fast as they can. 
  • If someone messes up – “Zips” when they should have “Zapped” etc. – you can choose to eliminate players or just start over. 

VARIATIONS

  • Zip Zap ZopParticipants 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!

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?