In this energizing activity, players throw and catch a large koosh ball as they ask or answer questions relating to leadership.
- To review key concepts or information.
- To have fun.
Activity training methods
- Buy a Koosh ball, or a soft rubber ball approximately the size of a baseball.
- Enough open space for participants to stand in a circle
Use this game at each major junction in your event, or when you want to review what participants have learned. You can play the game at the end of one segment or use it as a warm-up at the beginning of the next session. This activity adds the element of competition to the leadership program and will help the facilitator determine if participants have learned what has been presented so far.
- Have participants be stand/sit in a circle, leaving enough room to throw a ball back and forth. Participants should stand with their hands to their sides.
- Throw the Koosh ball to a participant and ask a quiz question. (If the ball falls to the floor, give it to the person at whom it was aimed.) If the answer is incorrect, retrieve the ball and throw it to someone else so they can answer the question. If the answer is correct, the participant can throw the ball to someone who hasn’t answered a question.
- Keep throwing the ball with every new question until each participant has answered at least one question correctly.
- Remind the participants that a review is valuable because it means they are more likely to retain and apply what they’ve learned. This could be a good time to remind them to write some reflections in their journals.
Have each participant write down two or three questions for the facilitator to ask.
Examples of questions to ask
Create a list of questions based on what you covered in the last segment of the event. Here are sample questions:
i. Who traveled the farthest to get to this event?
ii. Why is it important to identify the expertise and resources within your group or team?
iii. Explain one difference between a group and a team.
iv. Why are the best leaders flexible?
v. Explain one difference between a leader and a manager.
vi. Name two traits that a leader should develop.
vii. When should a leader empower others?
Take time shortly after playing this activity to reflect on how it went, how engaged the participants were, and what questions they raised. Then, make notes that include how much time you actually spent on the activity