Leadership Inspirations Activities

All Together Now

Complete a series of tasks tied together as a group  

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Yarn, identical sets of items for various task (paper/pens, marshmallows/spaghetti, boxes/wrapping paper, legos etc.)

 

SUMMARY

 

In this activity, teams will be tied together at the wrists and must find a way to complete a series of tasks together. They will need to be considerate, careful, and coordinated because it’s not as easy as it seems!

 

SET UP

  • You will need to decide on a few tasks for your groups to complete together, some ideas include:
    • Replicating a drawing or lego structure
    • Wrapping a box
    • Building a tower or bridge with marshmallows and dry spaghetti 
  • Make identical sets of materials needed to complete the task for each small group participating. 
    • Example: 1 set (15 marshmallows, handful of dry spaghetti) 
  • Break your group up into smaller teams of 4-5 people. Smaller groups will help more participants stay actively engaged.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Once your group is broken up into teams, you can give them each a set of the supplies that they will need to complete the tasks you have chosen.
  • Have them stand or sit in a circle around their materials. 
  • Go around and tie neighboring participants hands together at the wrist so that everyone in their group is connected. 
  • After all small groups are connected you can give them their first task.
    • Example: Show them a lego structure to rebuild 
  • Tell them that their objective is to complete the task without breaking apart as a group. 
  • Give them 5-8 minutes to try to complete the first task. 
  • Then, you may give them instructions for the next task. We recommend allowing the groups to try at least two different tasks together. 
  • You may choose to debrief after each task or debrief after all tasks are complete.

VARIATIONS

  • You can make this activity more challenging by blindfolding some participants or telling everyone that they cannot speak during the activity.
  • Try Welded Ankles for a similar activity that works well with larger groups and if you don’t have access to supplies.
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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?

Accountability 

  • What are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you
    accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?

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.?

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?