Leadership Inspirations Activities

Brick by Brick

Recreate another team’s structure

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Legos or other building blocks, pens, paper 

 

SUMMARY

 
 In this activity, teams will write down instructions on how to accurately and completely recreate a structure of their design. Teams will swap instructions and try to build each other’s structures. They will compare these structures at the end to see how well they communicated and interpreted each other’s instructions. This activity helps participants explore different people’s perspectives and perceptions. 

 

SET UP

  • Before deciding to facilitate this activity you will need to make small identical sets of legos or other blocks. 
  • Every team will need two different sets of legos. It’s important that these sets match their opposing team’s sets of legos so they are working with the same pieces. 
    • Example: Team A has a red set and a blue set. Team B also has a red set and a blue set. 
    • Matching sets (red or blue) should have the same 15-20 pieces (color, shape, size). 
  • If you have enough supplies, you can absolutely facilitate this activity with larger groups.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Divide your group up into smaller groups of 8-10 people. Have these groups split again into two teams and decide on team names (ex. Team A and Team B).
  • Give each team two sets of legos. They will use one set to build and one set to recreate. If these sets are different, make sure each team is building with a different set than their opposing team.
    • Example: If you have given each team in a group a set of red legos and a set of blue legos, make sure both teams aren’t building with the blue legos. 
  • Split up the teams so they can’t see what the other team is creating and instruct them to build a unique structure using all of their lego pieces. They may not simply stack all of their legos on top of one another. 
  • As they build, they should be writing down instructions on how to accurately and completely recreate their structure. 
  • Give teams about 10 minutes to build and write their instructions. 
  • At the end of 10 minutes have teams swap instructions but don’t let them reveal their structures yet. (Team A should get Team B’s instructions and vice versa)
  • Using their other lego set, teams should work to recreate the other team’s structure following the instructions given to them. They cannot ask the other team any questions or attempt to see their original structure. 
  • After the teams have finished building, have them come back together as a group to compare the original structures with the recreations. 

VARIATIONS

  • If you don’t have access to legos or other building blocks, you can utilize crafting or office supplies as long as you have enough to make identical sets for every group to use. 
  • You can also try the activity Back to Back Drawing to explore similar themes of communication and perception. 

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?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done? 

Project Planning

  • What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
  • How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
  • How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?
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?