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Playdough Debrief – Use This Classic Tool After a Team-Building Activity

I love simple processing activities. When I finish an activity or a day’s worth of programming I often need an easy tool to debrief all of the emotions and experiences we have shared. It doesn’t get much easier than playing with playdough! The classic toy helps the kinesthetic and tactile learners in your group learn while they shape it into different objects. Use this activity for groups looking to move and create while they process.


Playdough Debrief

Number of Participants: 6-45
Time:  5-15 minutes
Activity Level: Low
Props:  Playdough

Objective: To use the playdough to sculpt your thoughts about an activity or workshop.

Instruct the participants to use playdough to sculpt their emotions or feelings about the activity or workshop.

That’s it! It doesn’t get much easier than that. Have you used playdough as a debriefing tool? What tools or props do you use to process a group?

Ryan Eller
Founder, Paradigm Shift



Take a Stand Debrief – A Perfect Way to Process a Team Building Activity

Adding props to a debrief or processing activity can often help participants open up to the rest of the group. Take A Stand Debrief utilizes props to create conversations about an activity, initiative, or even at the end of a day.

Paradigm Shift

Number of Participants: 2-200
Time:  5-20 minutes
Activity Level:  Low
Props:  Any prop that you have handy

Objective:  To encourage the group to process an activity

Set Up: Place several throwables or random items around the room.

The object of this debrief is to encourage the participants to stand by a throwable or item. Each item will have a specific meaning or description pertaining to the previous activity or sequence of activities. After the participants take a stand by the item, they discuss their thoughts with the others standing by them. This creates an opportunity for participants to discuss their thoughts with like-minded individuals.

Example: Place a red, green, and yellow throwable in three different areas of the room. Ask the participants to stand by the red throwable if they felt frustrated or if the activity halted their progress, to stand by the yellow if they were confused by the activity, and to stand by the green if they felt like they completely understood and enjoyed the activity.

Facilitator’s Notes:

  1. Be creative with your props and you will be surprised by the participants’ in-depth answers.
  2. Use photos, numbers, toys, books, etc. as props.

Have you used this style of a debrief before? What was effective for you? What is your favorite prop to use?


Board of Directors

I love ending days on a positive note, that’s why I always try to end a particularly productive or stressful day with an uplifting activity…Board of Directors. I first learned Board of Directors from Jerrod Murr (yes…my personal assistant), after a great day at one of the 20 Camp volunteer trainings. Read the description below and introduce Board of Directors to your groups, I strongly encourage it.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Props: Dry Erase Board/Poster Board/Etc. & Markers

Description: This is a feel-good activity that can be used to start or finish a day. Start with one participant to describe, and ask every other participant to come to the board and write one word to describe that person. The participant who is writing the word can share why they chose the word, and when done, the next person will come up and share, and then so on until everyone has shared for the first participant. Move on to the next participant and follow the same process until each person has described every person in the group. It is totally OK to repeat words to describe one or more of the participants. The only rule to this activity is that the person being described cannot talk while others are writing about them.

When finished describing each team member, the board should be completely filled to the max with descriptive words illustrating the entire team. Ask the group to share their emotions at the end of the activity, or how they felt while they were being described. Use this activity to show the group how powerful they can be as an entire group, that one participant may not have all the traits written on the board, but as a group they encompass many character traits.

If you have any questions about this activity, or would like to talk to me about implementing this into your curriculum, please contact me.

Ryan Eller
Founder, Paradigm Shift