Teambuilding Activity: Mother Hen
This teaching method is one of those that you have to experience firsthand.
Here's a brief impression:
This activity promotes:
-Awareness of interpersonal communication
-Dealing with loneliness
-Leadership and who knows what else!
Below are the instructions:
Time: 10 - 15 min
Participants: 10 to 20
Low activity level
Ask everyone to put on a blindfold. Once everyone is blindfolded, move them around to different locations. It's helpful to have an assistant to do this together.
Ask everyone to stand in the safety position. This means that everyone should hold their arms in front of them like a car bumper. So, with their arms slightly bent forward and palms facing forward (fingers up). You ask for this because everyone will now close their eyes and move very slowly (walking and spinning) around the space. Then, call out "stop" and instruct them to remain standing as they are. They can open their eyes, but no speaking is allowed.
Tell the participants that they need to find the mother hen.
Finding the mother hen goes as follows:
You walk around in the safety position and repeatedly say, "Peep, peep, peep." When you touch someone who doesn't say, "Peep, peep, peep," it means you've found the mother hen.
You can only say, "Peep, peep, peep."
When you find the mother hen, stop saying, "Peep, peep, peep."
You can decide whether people can talk and remove their blindfolds after finding the mother hen.
What happened? (asking about factual behavior)
How did it affect you?
What will you take away from this?
Pay attention to ensure that people with their eyes closed don't bump into objects or walls.
Blindfolds are actually not necessary.