Leadership Inspirations Activities

Fill the Box

Pack up all the items into boxes

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Assorted boxes, variety of items (toys, cones, household items), printed rules

 

SUMMARY

 
In this activity, groups must follow specific instructions on how to “fill their box”. These groups must find a way to come together and strategize in order to all achieve success.

 

SET UP

  • You will need a space large enough for small groups to gather separately from one another. 
  • Type or write one copy of The Rules per group. 
  • You will need to collect an assortment of boxes for this activity. Choose a variety of sizes and types, but they all must be able to “close”. You will need one box per small group. 
  • You will also need to gather items to be packed into the boxes. You can choose things that are around and available like office or household items. Make sure you have enough to fill the boxes you have chosen and then throw in a few extra items to make it challenging 🙂 
  • Place these items in the center of your space and instruct your group not to touch them.
  • Break your group up into small groups of 5-6 people and have them spread out and find their own space in the room. 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Once groups have divided up, you may give each group one box and a copy of The Rules. 
  • The Rules are as follows: 
    • Your task is to pack your box. 
    • Your box must have a minimum of three items in it. 
    • You must be able to close your box completely.
    • All items in the center of the room must be packed.
    • You have five minutes to complete this task.
  • After everyone has received and read their instructions, you can tell them to begin, and start the timer. 
  • At the end of five minutes, have everyone put whatever items were not successfully packed back in the center of the room.

VARIATIONS

  • Before giving groups the instructions, allow them to choose their own boxes.
  • Give some groups written and some groups verbal instructions. 
  • If your groups are unsuccessful and you have time, you may decide to give them time to strategize in their small groups only and then try again from the very beginning. 
  • Complete this activity with no talking allowed. 
  • Check out Card Triangles for a similar activity that challenges groups to come together and collaborate.
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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?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

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? 
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?