Leadership Inspirations Activities

You’re It!

Make the right choice and you’re “It”

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer

Materials

Red, yellow, and blue index cards

 

SUMMARY

In this activity, participants will choose between three colored index cards, trying not to pick the same color as the person who is “It“.

 

SET UP

  • Count out index cards so that there are enough for each participant to have one red card, one yellow card, and one blue card.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have all participants stand in a circle and distribute the index cards so that each participant has one red card, one yellow card, and one blue card.
  • Ask for a volunteer to be “It“ for the first round. That person will start the round by counting to three.
  • On the count of three all participants, including the person who is “It“, picks one of their three cards and hold it up. Anyone who holds up the same color card as the person who is “It“ is now considered “It“ for the rest of the game.
  • Before the next round begins, all participants who are “It“ consult and choose a color.
  • On the count of three, everyone picks and holds up a card. Everyone on the “It“ team should be holding up the same color card. Anyone else who is holding up that color card must join the “It“ team for the next round.
  • Continue playing until there is only one participant remaining who is not “It“.

VARIATIONS

  • To make this activity more of an energizer, have participants stand with their back to the group when they are selecting their card. Then, on the count of three, have everyone jump and turn around to reveal their card.
  • To make this activity more of a getting-to-know-you exercise, have the person who is “It“ ask a question before counting to three. Anyone who is holding up the same color card must answer the question before joining the “It“ team.
  • Small Group: If you have a small group, add more than three colored index cards. With more colors the chance of becoming “It“ is smaller and the activity is more likely to last for a few more rounds.

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?