Leadership Inspirations Activities

Charades

Have fun acting out words and phrases

Duration

15-20 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Energizer

Materials

Paper, pens

 

SUMMARY

Teams compete to act out and correctly guess words and phrases written by the opposing team.

 

SET UP

  • Divide the group into two teams.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Give each team five minutes to come up an order for their team and words or phrases for the other team to act out. Have them write each word or phrase on its own slip of paper.
  • Have each team give their slips of paper to the other team.
  • Give each team seven minutes to get through as many words or phrases as they can. Have participants go in order picking one slip of paper and acting out that word or phrase. While acting, participants may not speak, mouth words, or use props.
  • While one participant is acting out a word or phrase, the rest of the participants on that team should guess what their teammate is acting out. When someone guesses correctly, the next teammate in the order picks a slip of paper and starts acting out the word or phrase. If nobody is able to guess correctly, the person acting may choose to skip the word and go on to the next person on the team. Each participant may only skip one time.
  • After one team finishes their seven minutes, the next team has seven minutes to get through as many words or phrases as they can. The team that correctly guesses the most words or phrases wins!

VARIATIONS

  • To have more control over the activity as a facilitator, create two lists of words and phrases before facilitating the activity. Using these words and phrases instead of having teams come up with them will save time and will allow you to control the difficulty and appropriateness of what is being acted out.
  • For large groups, you can divide into more than two teams. Have Team 1 come up with words for Team 2, Team 2 for Team 3, and so on.

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?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?

Inclusion & 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?
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?