Are you looking for a fun activity to help bond a group and help them remember your LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Workshop?
The keychain game has been one of our most popular workshop closing activities. LEGO Facilitator Training Activities.
To help teams bond and to give everyone a transitional object that helps them remember what they promised.
When to Use
To close a workshop or any occasion where you need to celebrate or conduct a ritual to help with information retention and memory recall.
LEGO® Minifigure superhero keychains
5 minutes for the participants to select keychains and 2 minutes per person to exchange them.
This is a secret activity. We give each participant the name of someone in the group. We ask them to think of that person and the gift they bring to the team / group / organization and what they can deliver. They must then select a LEGO® keychain to be that person’s avatar or persona. Tell the participants to really think and connect the Minifigure to the individual. We lay out twice the number of keychains as participants to ensure a good selection. After everyone has made their selection they take their keychains and stand in a designated area.
One at a time, we ask the participants to present their keychain gifts by saying something like, “I picked Batman because I think he has great powers of knowing when to show up fast, and he is always there for an emergency. I am giving this keychain to Bob, who always helps me when I have a challenging client.” The participant then gives the keychain to Bob, who comes up to the front. This is a great photo opportunity and we take advantage of it. "Bob" then presents the next keychain, and this continues until everyone has had a turn.
After everyone has received their keychains, remind them to put them on their keys or somewhere they will see the Minifigure every day. This then becomes what we call a transitional object; it helps people connect to their commitments. This will not only solidify the messages and key takeaways from the day, but it is a great way for the participants to remember and acknowledge each other with a gift. Finish off by selecting a great background for a group photo, keychains included.
The added benefit to this exercise is the participants then walk around with a LEGO® keychain. When others ask them why they have a Batman keychain they cannot help but smile and remember the workshop, and tell their story. What great marketing.
On a budget? You can also use the nice LEGO® stickers that have pictures of Mini-figures. Just cut them up and put them on the table. When people receive their stickers have them stick these on something like the back of their company name tag or their journal, something they will see often.
There is a good selection of keychains available in stores and online. We try to have at least twice the number we need so there is a good selection. We also try to pick a variety so participants are not limited to only superheroes; we also have police or firefighters, doctors, Yoda, and Harry Potter. There are also a few female figures but females do not seem to mind if they receive a male figure like Luke Skywalker.
We get tweets all the time with people sending us their old key chain photos!
The places those keychains will go....email us with your story!