In "Love Connects Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Craig Keilburger is just one example of a wide variety of people who have inspired others through their leadership. This game is a fun way for participants to try leading and following, and to see how easy or difficult it is to identify leaders.
Invite the group to sit in a circle to play a seated version of Follow the Leader. Explain that one person will be the leader, and that the rest of the group will imitate them repeating the actions of the leader. Another person will be the guesser; they will leave the room (or close their eyes), while the leader is chosen. The leader begins actions for the others in the circle to follow, and the guesser returns (or opens their eyes) and tries to determine who in the group is the leader.
Tell the group:
In order to hide the leader from the guesser, the leader will need to change their actions while they think the guesser is looking at someone else, and the group will need to be as prompt as possible in following the leader.
Once the guesser has correctly identified the leader, choose a new guesser and repeat the game until everyone has had a turn at the various roles. In choosing leaders, consider that this game can provide a safe way for some children to try a leadership role who do not ordinarily seek one.
Play a few rounds of the game. Leave time to ask children to reflect on their experience:
If the mood of the group seems suitable, you might invite participants to take a moment to silently consider these questions:
If a child in your group cannot see well enough to follow the actions of a leader or observe clues as to who the leader might be, ask all leaders to use actions that make noise, such as clapping their hands, stomping their feet, clicking their tongue. This might be a fun way for any group to play the game if identifying the leader turns out to be too easy.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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