In honor of the Animal Allies theme, here’s an animal-focused core values activity. This activity works best for large teams – the maximum team size of 10 is ideal. Small team? See if any siblings or parents want to join in the fun!
Choose several animal names, enough for one animal for each 2 team members. Write the animal names on slips of paper, writing each name twice. (If you have an uneven number of team members, write one name three times). Place all the slips of paper in a bag. Clear out a good-sized room so team members can navigate the center of the room without bumping into furniture or tripping over any objects.
Instructions to the team:
Each of you will draw a slip of paper from the bag. Look at the name of the animal written on the slip, but do not show it to anyone else. Once everyone has had a chance to look at their paper, stand around the edges of the room. Shut your eyes and start making the sound your animal makes. Your task is to find the other team member who has the same animal as you. You must keep your eyes closed throughout the task. Once you find the other team member with your animal and touch hands, you can open your eyes. (If team members find it difficult to keep their eyes shut, you can use bandanas as blindfolds).
With younger teams, start with easier animal sounds. Everyone will recognize a moo, woof, or meow. For older teams, try assigning animals whose sounds might not be immediately recognizable, like a whale, chipmunk, or cricket. Or of course – what does the fox say?
If your team has an uneven number of members, when did they realize that they wouldn’t be able all to form pairs? Did they ask for clarification when the instructions were given, or did they not realize it until all team members but one had found a partner? Encourage them to make sure they understand a task before starting to perform it.