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A Group Activity for Kids That Teaches Leadership

by Jaimie Zinski

Leadership is a quality that few people possess naturally, but it's possible to bolster your child's leadership abilities, according to Penn State University Extension. Performing leadership activities in the group helps improve a child's self-esteem while teaching them how to work well with others.

What Makes a Leader

Play an ice breaker to not only help children become acquainted, but also to gauge their definitions of leadership. As the children enter the event, hand each of them a piece of paper and pencil. Instruct the children to write down five qualities they believe a leader should possess. If they're having trouble, provide a few suggestions such as honesty or integrity. Give the kids five to 10 minutes to complete their list before retrieving them. Read through the lists and identify the traits multiple children listed. Gather the kids and tell them how many shared the same viewpoint on what makes an effective leader by naming some of the common traits listed on the sheets. Encourage the kids to raise their hands if they named that trait.

Move the Egg

Teach children how to lead their peers by playing a game called Move the Egg. Divide the children into groups of three, four or five participants, depending on the attendance. Hand every group enough large spoons and eggs for each member. Instruct the teams to pick a leader whose job it is to devise an effective way to transfer the eggs from one point to another. One child might create a line that passes the eggs from one spoon to another, while another child might ditch the spoons and simply instruct one child to run for it. Another child in the group must then devise a way to get his egg across the line in an unusual way. Continue until all the kids get a turn. Whichever teams gets their eggs across the finish line not only first, but in the most creative manner, wins.

Leading the Blindfolded

Teach children the importance of leadership and strong communication skills by playing a game called Leading the Blindfolded. Divide the kids into two teams and provide enough blindfolds for each child. Take the children to a safe, large indoor or outdoor area that is tricky to navigate or features several obstacles such as a park with many trails. Place the teams at opposite sides of the space and instruct everyone but one member of each team to put on a blindfold. On “go,” the one member not sporting a blindfold much lead his team across the field by providing clear commands. After a set amount of time, instruct the leader on each team to put on his blindfold, while instructing another child on each team to take his off and lead the group. Continue to appoint one child on each team the leader. The team able to successfully lead every child across their finish line wins.

Plan a Fundraiser

Help the group support a local charity or organization while learning valuable leadership and teamwork abilities by assisting the kids with planning a fundraiser. Give each child a specific chore. For example, make it the chore of one child to find a worthy charity to support. Another child is in charge of finding a space to have the fundraiser, while two or three others must find donations. This exercise not only teaches the children the value of leadership and teamwork, but also the importance of giving back to their community or supporting worthy charities.

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