Finding Lost Items


This “Finding Lost Items” exercise shows the importance of leadership, planning and coordination.


  1. To inspire the participants to be active in the group.
  2. To make the participants understand the importance of planning and coordination.


  • 30 minutes


  • For this exercise we can use anything small that belongs to the participants, e.g. pen, pencil, rubber band, name card, cap, sharpener, comb etc.


  1. Some precautions should be taken before conducting this exercise: physically weak participant should not participate in this exercise.
  2. The facilitator will ask all the participants to select one item which he/she wants to hide somewhere. The facilitator will pretend to taking note of the items.
  3. Then the facilitator will instruct the participants to go around and put their selected items in a secret place so that no one could find it. After doing that the participants will come back to the facilitator.
  4. The facilitator divides the participants in 3 or 4 groups comprising of similar participants. For example a group of young men, a group of old men, a group of young women, and a group of older women.
       – The number of participants will be the same in each group.
       – Each group will stand separately in rows.
  5. Then the facilitator will ask the members of each group to stand close together and hold each other tightly by hands.
  6. Now the facilitator will instruct the groups to collect their hidden items while keeping together as a group. The group will be disqualified if they break their chain of hands.
  7. Each group will now collect all the items which their group members have kept at a secret place.
  8. The group which will be able to come back to the facilitator after collecting all the items without being separated will be declared as the winner.

Some guidelines for discussion

  1. How do you feel after playing the game? Did you get all the items?
  2. Why did your group win this game? Why were you so fast and effective?
  3. Why did your group not win? What slowed you down?
  4. What have we learnt from this exercise?
  5. If you would play it again, would you be faster? Why?
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