Leadership Inspirations Activities

Name & Action Move

A fun way for kinesthetic learners to learn people’s names

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

 
It can be very challenging to learn names in a new group. This activity uses movement to help kinesthetic learners remember names more easily. 

 

SET UP

  • Have all participants form a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Give each participant time to come up with an action that represents them. For example: Pretend to throw a football or make a heart with both hands. 
  • Go around the circle and have each person introduce themselves by doing their action while saying their name.
  • The whole group should say “Hi“ and repeat that person’s name and action to help them remember.
  • Challenge the group to use the actions all day when talking to or calling on people.

VARIATIONS

  • After the activity has concluded, ask if there is anyone who thinks they remember everyone’s name and action. Have them go around the circle and see how many they actually remember.
  • Large Group: To facilitate this activity for a large group, split the participants up into several smaller groups so that they can learn those names really well.
  • Small Group: To facilitate this activity for a small group, have each participant introduce themself as well as everyone who came before them. This will test their ability to remember the names of their peers. Or, have each person introduce themself and just the one person who went before them.
  • For similar activities, see Name Olympics and Name Alliteration.

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?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?

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?