Supply List For Leadership Activities
Supply Activities Using Particular Supply Copy Paper Walk This Way, Back Art, Come on Six, Add A
PVC Pipe Pieces Structures
Tarp Blanket Community
Beach Balls Blanket Community
Balls Blanket Community
Name Tag Blanket Community
Large Boxes of Candy Don’t Judge a Book By it’s Cover Rocks Don’t Judge a Book By it’s Cover Popcorn Don’t Judge a Book By it’s Cover Glue Don’t Judge a Book By it’s Cover Deck of Cards Card Triangles
Scissors Card Triangles
Envelopes Card Triangles, Puzzled Puzzles Puzzled
50 ft. Rope Star Power
Crayons Rainbow of Diversity Pencil Back Art, Come on Six Marker Back Art, He Said…She Said Dice Come on Six
Stop Watch Add a Word, My Life, He Said…She Said Travel Size Tooth Paste He Said…She Said
Overhead Projector He Said…She Said
Blank Overhead He Said…She Said
Plastic Knife He Said…She Said
Rule He Said…She Said
Have you ever…..
Have you ever heard the expression “Walk a mile in my shoes”? This will help you not only to understand
some things that military youth go through, but it will also help you to learn a little bit about the challenges
that military youth face.
Find someone who has had the experiences or situations listed in the boxes below. When someone can
relate to the experience, have them put their initials in the box. The goal is to get a “BINGO” on your card.
I have lived in at I had a parent or I know which I had a parent/ I am excited to be least two other guardian who was month Veterans’ guardian who here today to learn states. away on military Day is celebrated. worked two jobs. about ways to
duty. support military
I can name one I have visited a I have felt angry I visited Arlington I had a
branch of the military base. because I didn’t National grandparent who military. get to spend much Cemetery. served in a war.
time with my
I traveled to I worried about FREE SPOT I have written to a I said goodbye to another country. parents or other soldier who is mom or dad
family members. serving in the because they were
military. going away for a
year or longer.
I sent a care I know a friend I had to change I had a brother or I have seen a package to a whose mom or schools because sister away on soldier in his or her soldier who is dad is away on my family moved. military duty. uniform.
serving in the military duty.
I struggled in I have done extra I attended a I learned to cook I know what “OMK” school because chores around the Veterans’ or meals for my stands for.
things at home house to help out. Memorial Day family.
Structures – A Building Activity
; various lengths of PVC pipe, connectors, and ends in a
1. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is, as a group, to build a
structure using everything in the bag.
2. Rules of the Job
a. You must use all the pieces in the bag, and you may only use the PVC
pieces in the bag.
b. When finished, your structure may have no open ends. This means
that all pipe ends and fitting openings must be filled or covered.
c. All members of your group must actively participate in building the
3. Have fun!
4. There is no one “right” way to do this job – they are multiple correct
5. No time limit will be placed on the groups initially, but after about 25
minutes, we’ll encourage them to complete in 5 minutes.
Following the completion of the structures, ask a number of discussion questions (encourage each person to respond to at least one of the questions – may require that you call on that person for their input):
NOTE: Be prepared to ask follow-up questions as needed.
1. Invite a representative from each group to describe the process that
they completed. How did they get from a bag of pieces to a finished
2. Did you do any planning prior to starting this activity? How did you
plan? If not, why not?
3. Who do you think was the leader of your group? Were there multiple
leaders? How could you tell?
4. Were your suggestions accepted by the group? Why or why not? How
did you feel if you were accepted? Denied?
5. Was there any disagreement in the group? How was it resolved?
6. How did your group demonstrate trust in each other?
7. Did your level of trust in the group grow throughout the activity?
8. What can happen to a group that does not trust its leaders? What can
happen to a group that does trust its leaders?
9. Was your project a success? Why or why not?
; Beach balls/other balls
; Name tag signs
1. Distribute name tags to each group member.
2. The balls on your tarp/parachute represent the youth in your community. 3. These are youth from all different backgrounds, with numerous interests
and activities. The youth are quite active, so they are likely bouncing
around the community from event to event, but with the strong
community support system in place, we are able to keep the youth on the
4. But, then the local National Guard unit receives notice that it will soon be
deployed. Suddenly, things in the community change. One by one those
who are in the National Guard are called to active duty. As each person
leaves, there is less support for the youth left behind and some will fall
from our community. As much as the rest of us try, there are so many
demands that it becomes more and more difficult to provide that needed
support for our youth.
(Ask everyone to drop their tarp/parachute.)
This is an effective illustration to demonstrate what can happen to the youth in your community if they become “suddenly military”. They may not have signed up to be in the military themselves, but since they have a parent, relative, or other adult who is important in their lives who has been activated, the lives of the youth have changed.
What are some of the changes and challenges that the youth face in these situations?
(Less help at home; change in caregivers; increased “adult” responsibilities; decreased financial situation; stress of seeing conflict on TV/hearing about it on radio; inability to participate in extracurricular activities; decreased performance at school; need for tutoring services; etc.).
Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
This is… A demonstration to help people understand why we need to get to
The purpose Participants learn to the issues with judging others. is…
Use this ；Individuals are focusing on outward appearance.
when... ；Individuals need to increase their value of others.
；Individuals need to develop communication skills.
Materials ；3 different boxes of candy.
you’ll ；Carefully open two boxes and empty out the candy and replace with need… rocks or un-popped popcorn. Carefully seal the boxes back up.
；Remember what is in each box.
Here’s 1. Select three people to come up to the front of the group. how… 2. Have each one select a box of candy.
3. Ask each participant why they selected that box.
4. Now have them open each box one at a time.
5. Ask each individual how they felt with what they found inside each
Ask these ；Why shouldn’t we just judge people by the outside>
questions… ；What happens when we assume someone is one way or another?
；What are the draw backs to not getting to know someone personally?
Don’t forget ；Place the candy that you took out of the box in a ziplock bag so your
participants all get something for participating.
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This is… A negotiation activity in which teams trade pieces of playing cards in hopes of
finding complete cards.
The purpose is…Participants learn to see others’ perspectives before they can influence and
Use this ；Individuals are focusing too much on their own needs.
when... ；Individuals need to hone their sales skills.
；Individuals need to develop their negotiation skills.
Materials ；A deck of playing cards.
you’ll need… ；Cut each card in half diagonally, then in half diagonally again, so each card is
now in four triangle quarters.
；Mix all the pieces well, and place an equal number of pieces in the same
number of envelopes as you will have teams.
；Small prizes for the winners (optional).
Here’s 1. Divide the group into teams of three or four.
how… 2. Give each team an envelope containing playing card triangles.
3. Teams have 3 minutes to examine and sort pieces and plan their strategy for
4. Open the bartering. Everyone participates by bartering for the pieces the team
needs. (They may barter individually or as a team.)
5. Allow 8 minutes for bartering.
6. Count the teams’ completed cards, and announce the winning team.
Ask these ；How willing were others to trade with you?
questions… ；What negotiation tactics were most successful for you? (Seeing what they
wanted and offering that; being aggressive; being a nice guy, etc.)
；How did your strategy change during play? Why?
；What other skills did you have to draw on to be successful? (Listening,
empathy, giving a personal touch, creative problem solving, etc.)
；In what situations do we negotiate for time, information, or resources?
；What implication does this have for you back at home?
Tips for success…
；You must have at least three teams for this activity to work well. If
necessary, have the teams consist of two participants.
；They can barter individually or as teams.
；Give a 2-minute warning before play is to end.
；Observe whether two or more teams might combine. Comment during the
Try these ；For smaller groups, give each participant an envelope and have them all barter variations… individually rather than in teams.
；After 4 minutes of play, give the teams 2 minutes to form a coalition. Any two
teams that want to merge may do so before resuming play. Make sure there was
an even number of teams to begin with. What influenced your team’s decision to
merge? And with whom? Source Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers
This is… An activity in which participants learn, as they assemble a puzzle, where other
teams have some pieces they need, and they have pieces others need.
The purpose is… Participants see that cooperation across real or perceived team boundaries
can be beneficial (sometimes even crucial) for success.
Use this when…
；The group needs to cooperate within itself or with other groups to be
；Competitiveness is hindering team efforts.
；Individuals are asking the boss to solve their problems for them.
Materials ；One children’s puzzle for each small group, preferably with 20-50 pieces. You’ll ；A bag (or box or envelope) for each puzzle’s pieces.
Need… ；Assemble the puzzle bags in advance (without the group knowing you have
a. Place all the puzzle pieces for each puzzle in a separate bag.
b. Line up the filled bags in front of you.
c. Remove two to three pieces from each bag.
d. Place those pieces in other bags, each piece in a different bag.
Here’s how… 1. Divide the group into teams of three to six participants. There must be the
same number of teams as you have bags of puzzles.
2. Give each team a bag of puzzle pieces.
3. Do not disclose that the bags have been tampered with.
4. Tell the participants that their objective is to put the puzzles together in less
than 5 minutes.
5. Have them begin.
；If they ask for help, decline. Encourage them to use what resources are
available to accomplish their objective. Tell them, “All the pieces
necessary to accomplish your objective are out.”
；If they ask permission to work with other groups, be noncommittal. Say, “You
know what your objective is, do what you need to do to achieve it!”
Ask these questions…
；What assumptions did you make at the beginning of this
activity? (We had all the pieces for our puzzle in this bag; We
were in a race; We did not need any outside help; etc.)
；Why did you feel this was a competition? (Conditioned, my natural style, etc.)
；How did you react when you realized you did not have all the pieces you
needed? (Frustrated, angry, lost, etc.) How did you deal with it then?
；How did you feel when other groups came offering pieces or asking for some of
your pieces? (Imposed upon, go away, rushed, confused, etc.)
；How is this similar to our work? (We ask you for help when we could solve
something ourselves; We see everything as a competition; etc.)
；What implications does this have for you back on your jobs?
Tips for success…
；Be sure that no two puzzles are exactly the same; otherwise, the value of
swapping the pieces may be lost.
；When the first team discovers they are missing a piece, they may look to you
for an explanation. Calmly remind them of their objective (to put the puzzles
together), and announce that all the puzzle pieces are out.
；Do not make the types of encouraging comments that may lead them to believe
they are in competition (Oh, this team is going to win; You guys better hurry up;
Try these variations…
；Replace the puzzles with Lego? building sets (and their instruction sheets)
having, preferably, fewer than 80 pieces.
；Make the puzzles yourself out of thick (or laminated) paper. This is especially
good if you want the completed puzzles to say something – quotes or
messages that will help segue into the meeting’s main topic or focus.
Source Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers
This is… An activity in which participants form a star shape with a long piece of rope.
The purpose is…
Participants learn to cooperate with each other, have fun, and reinforce
Use this ；Individuals are not cooperating well.
when… ；A new group is forming and needs to come together.
；The group needs to loosen up, have some fun, and laugh.
Materials ；One 40- to 50- foot rope.
Here’s 1. Have all participants pick up rope.
how… 2. They can move their hands along the rope, but cannot change places with
3. They must form a five-pointed star with the rope in 10 minutes with no rope left
over at either end.
Ask these questions…
；How does this activity relate to teamwork? (We had to cooperate; We had to
agree on things; We had to support the final outcome; We had to listen to each
；How did you deal with everyone’s ideas about the way to proceed?
；Did anyone emerge as the leader? How did they function?
；How did you handle disagreements?
；What implications does this have for us back on the job?
Tips for success…
；You may want to post a drawing of the star for easy reference. Remember, this
will help the team (and you may not want to do that!).
；For larger groups, (more than 20 participants), form two groups, and have two
ropes, OR, simply use longer rope. Have at least 2-3 feet of length per
Try these ；Have them try another shape, a letter, a word, or your organization’s logo.
variations… ；Blindfold the participants. If you blindfold them all, make the shape much
simpler – a square or triangle will be difficult enough. How did the group learn
；Require that the activity be accomplished without speaking. How did the group
manage to communicate? Or, let some speak and some not. How did the
group leverage those who could not speak?
；Select a leader and blindfold only that person. How did the leader and group
overcome the handicap?
Source Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Manager