Leadership Inspirations Activities

Mime It

Get to know your partner who can only mime!

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

 
This activity is a fun twist on charades. Partners will ask each other questions but can only mime or act out their responses. It’s a silly way to get to know each other.

 

SET UP

  • Break your group up into pairs. 
  • Have partners determine which partner will be an “Apple” and which partner will be an “Orange”.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have each participant come up with a “getting to know you” question that they want to ask their partner. Don’t have them share it yet. 
  • Encourage them to come up with something that will really help them get to know someone better, but also that they would be willing to answer themselves. Questions like, “What’s your favorite color?” or “What’s your biggest fear?” might not be good for this purpose .
    • Examples: 
      • “If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?”
      • “Where would you go on your dream vacation?” 
      • “What are your hobbies?” 
      • “What did you do this summer?”
  • Once everyone has a question in mind, have the Apples ask their question first. 
  • The Oranges will answer, but they can only “mime” or act out their responses. They will not be allowed to talk. 
  • Apples try to guess Oranges answers and ask clarifying questions, just like they would in a normal conversation.  
  • After a few minutes have the partners switch so that the Oranges get a chance to ask their question and the Apples have the chance to mime.

VARIATIONS

  • If you have the time, you can have participants find a new partner or ask another question.
  • After both partners have had the chance to ask and answer questions, bring everyone back together and have partner pairs introduce each other to the whole group.
  • For a lower risk version of this activity check out Dyads.
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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.?

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?

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?
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?