Leadership Icebreakers: The Newspaper Hop

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Description

The Newspaper Hop is a simple, fun game for a group of participants to see their own teamwork and planning skills in action. It is suitable for most groups to play, however do be sensitive that some people might be uncomfortable about being blindfolded.

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Team Size

6 players or more

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Materials Required

  • Newspapers
  • A bell
  • Two blindfolds
  • Masking tape to hold down newspapers

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Time Required

About 20 minutes

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Instructions

  1. Divide the group into two teams.
  2. Set up 10 pieces newspapers in a straight line, as shown below.
  3. Each team blindfolds one of their members and gets them to stand at the start of the newspaper line.
  4. The objective of the game is for the two teams to use ONLY the bell to guide the blindfolded member to the other side of the newspaper line.
  5. The game is over when the representatives from both teams have successfully reached the other side.
  6. The winning team is the one that their representative to the other side first; they get one point.
  7. If the representative touches the floor, he is ‘dead’ and must return to the starting point.
  8. Inform the teams that they have 15 minutes to get the other player to the other side and they are not allowed to communicate by talking during the time they are blindfolded.
  9. The game continues until all players have gone through the newspaper line.

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Debriefing Notes

  1. How did you feel when you were blindfolded?
  2. Is there anyway you feel blindfolded at work?
  3. If so, based on what you learnt from this game, what do you think everyone can do such that work is done well even though someone may be ‘blindfolded’?

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