Leadership Inspirations Activities

Name Stretch

Get up and stretch by spelling with a giant imaginary crayon

Duration

5 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

Participants imagine they are holding a giant crayon and are using it to draw life-sized letters to spell out their name. This will get group members to move and stretch their full body in a creative way.

 

SET UP

  • Have all participants stand in an area that gives them enough room to swing their arms without hitting anyone or anything near them.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have all participants find a place to stand and tell them to reach their arms out in front of them and imagine they are holding a giant crayon.
  • Using the imaginary crayon, they will write each letter of their name in the air in front of them. Remind participants to squat down low and reach up high so the letters are nice and large.

VARIATIONS

  • Have everyone in the group spell the same word, like “leadership” or “stretch”, or have them draw shapes like a star or a tree.
  • Online: To facilitate this stretch virtually, have participants take a step back from their computer before beginning. • Asynchronous: To facilitate this activity asynchronously, record a video of yourself doing this stretch and have participants watch the video and do the stretch on their own time.
  • For related activities, see Coconut Stretch and Exercise Moves.

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?
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?