Leadership Inspirations Activities
All Together Now
Complete a series of tasks tied together as a group
Type Of Activity
Yarn, identical sets of items for various task (paper/pens, marshmallows/spaghetti, boxes/wrapping paper, legos etc.)
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- 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?
- What are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you
- What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
- What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?
- 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.?
- 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?
- 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?