Celebrate leadership with a game that gets kids thinking about the qualities that make someone a leader.
What You Need:
- Slips of paper
- Something to write with
What You Do:
- Talk about leadership. Name some great leaders from the past and present. Think broadly—leaders in government, science, the arts, entrepreneurs, changemakers, writers, inventors, sports, business, education, people you know. What qualities do these leaders have?
- Write down great leaders or qualities of leaders on slips of paper, one per slip.
- Fold up the slips of paper and place them in the bowl.
- Take turns selecting slips of paper and acting out clues about the word or leader on the slip of paper.
- Whoever guesses correctly keeps the slip of paper and goes next. Whoever has the most slips of paper at the end of the game wins!
Did You Know?
Everyone has the potential to be a leader and there are many different ways to lead. Experts say that helping kids develop the following skills helps them grow into effective leaders: communication, collaboration, creativity, flexibility, problem solving, empathy, initiative, organization, and confidence.
Words to Use:
- Leadership: The quality of being good at leading a group, organization, country, movement.
- Integrity: The quality of being honest and strong about what you believe to be right.
- Collaboration: When you work together with another person or group to achieve something.
- Initiative: The ability to make decisions and take action without waiting for someone to tell you what to do.
- Flexibility: The ability to change or be changed easily to suit a different situation.
- Empathy: The ability to understand other people’s feelings and problems.
What to Talk About:
- Who inspires you and why?
- Who do you know that is a good leader?
- What field would you like to be a leader in?
Change It Up:
- Make a leadership collage with an image of a leader in the middle and words or phrases cut from magazines that describe the person and their contributions glued around them. Everyone is a leader! Create a collage with yourself in the middle.
- Learn about a new leader each day for a month. Play the game at the beginning and end of the month and be amazed at what you’ve learned.
- While reading or watching movies or TV, talk about fictional leaders, their leadership qualities, and contributions.
- Critical Thinking
- Social & Emotional Development
- Cultural Understanding
Curriculum Connections: NC Standard Course of Study
- Social Studies: 2H.1, 2.C&G.2, 2.C.1, 3.H.1, 3.C&G.2, 3.C.1
- Theater: K.C.1, K.C.2, 1.C.1, 1.C.2, 2.C.1, 2.C.2, 3.C.1, 3.C.2