Leadership Inspirations Activities
Show appreciation by creating a bear that represents the group
Norming, Performing, Adjourning
Type Of Activity
Create a “bear“ that represents the qualities that you appreciate about your group.
Provide paper and markers for each group member.
- Describe Build-a-Bear Workshop to your participants. If you are unfamiliar, visit their website at www.buildabear.com.
- Have each member of the group depict their own personal Build-a-(Team)-Bear that represents particular qualities of the team. Use the following prompts:
- What would the bear look like? At a Build-a-Bear Workshop you can choose from a variety of different animals and characters, so give your participants creative freedom!
- What would the bear be stuffed with? Figuratively or literally, what is your group made of?
- What would the bear’s heart be? What does your group care about? What do they give to others?
- What would the bear wear? What represents your team on the outside? What do others see?
- What would the bear smell like? Figuratively or literally, what smells are connected with your team? As an example, “Smells like success“ or “Smells of pizza and ice cream“.
- What sound would the bear make? What is your team motto or cheer?
- Give participants approximately ten minutes to create their bears and play appropriate music while they build.
- After participants have created their Build-a-(Team)-Bears, have each group member share and explain what they created.
- Have participants represent your team with whatever you wish – as a TV show, as a shopping mall, as any animal they wish, etc.
- Large Group: To facilitate this activity for a large group, split participants into several smaller groups and have each group create one Build-a-(Team)-Bear together.
- Small Group: To facilitate this activity for a small group, have the group collaborate on creating one Build-a-(Team)-Bear that represent them as a whole.
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?
- 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 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?
- 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?