As a team, it’s important that we realize we are not in this alone. We must use the strength of those around us to create the best versions of ourselves, our families and our communities.
Handprints are a way that we’re connected to others. They were used as far back as cave walls to symbolize how unique humans are and how we can express ourselves using something we all share. They represent a common thread of humanity and can be used for all types of activities. The handprint shows how diverse our world is; no two people have the same. Like our handprints, we all have leadership qualities that are unique to each of us.
This activity is perfect for groups who are looking to create a visual example of how special each individual member is while also showcasing the need to work together as a team to achieve a common goal.
Time Needed: 15 minutes
Group Size: Any
Materials: Cut-out of an arrow, construction paper, scissors, markers and tape
Directions: Have a short discussion with your group about positive leadership skills. Brainstorm what they are, and have a large group share out of everyone’s ideas. Write these ideas on a flip chart for all to see. Have participants pick out construction paper in a color they like. They should trace one hand, and then cut out their handprint. On each finger, have them write down one positive leadership skill they have. Before the activity begins, it may be helpful to have an example hand cut out with 5 leadership skills they facilitator has.
Once everyone has completed this task, have participants share one of their positive leadership skills with the group. Afterward, have participants tape their handprints on a large arrow. Let them know that the arrow signifies moving in the right direction toward their leadership goals.
- Why is it important to work together as a team?
- What would it be like if we only relied on ourselves?
- What can “all of our hands” do together?