Leadership Inspirations Activities

Show and Tell

Share about yourself through objects that are important to you

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Bonding Activity

Materials

Objects brought by participants

 

SUMMARY

 
In this activity, participants pick objects that are important to them and share them with their group.

 

SET UP

  • Tell participants about this activity before the start of the session so that they can come prepared with an object to share.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Ask participants to find an object to share that answers a prompt that you pick, such as:
    • Pick an object that has special meaning or significance to you.
    • Pick an object that tells a story about you.
    • Pick a unique object that you don’t think other people have.
    • Pick an object that explains one of your hobbies.
  • Have participants go around in a circle and explain the object that they chose.

VARIATIONS

  • For a quick, low risk energizer have participants gather a few items in a designated amount of time, for example:
    • The shoes you wear the most
    • Your favorite snack
    • Most random knick knack 
    • Something blue 
  • Combine this activity with Group Mandala. 
  • Large Group: To facilitate this activity for a large group, split participants into smaller groups to share their objects.  Or, put small groups together and have them come up with items that center around a theme they choose. For example, a group of three finds out that they all like to wear scarves so they all bring in their favorite scarf.  They can present together to the larger group.

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?