Spin the Bottle
Team Building Active Processing & Reflection Activity
- Three water bottles
- Dry Erase Marker(s)
- Several Processing Questions, either laminated for reuse or just torn into small slips.
Used for processing activity, after you have finished a team building process capturing the learning & application makes the time meaningful. Spin the bottle is an active reviewing process.
For this activity, you will need 3 water bottles, each representing different stages of a team & individual application of the team building activity. On all three bottles with a dry erase marker, draw one arrow pointing towards the bottom of the bottle.
Be sure to indicate which bottle contains which of the following types of questions.
- One bottle will contain questions (inside the bottle) about the experience, what happened? WHAT
- A second bottle will contain questions (inside the bottle) about the interpretation of feelings, how do we feel about what happened? SO WHAT?
- The third bottle will contain questions (inside the bottle) about planning for the future, how might we use what we learned in the future? NOW WHAT?
Following a team building activity or team building workshop, ask the participants to sit in a circle. Explain that each bottle contains different questions about the team building activity we just completed. People can answer as individuals or as a team.
Place the first bottle (what happened?) in the center. Explain that one of the team members is going to spin the bottle whoever the arrow points at will, remove one question from the bottle and read it out loud. Then the person who read the question will then spin the bottle again. Whoever the arrow points at will answer the question that was just read. After that person answers the question they then spin the bottle and follow the same process.
I only use two spins per bottle type.
Following two (or more if you wish) spins of the “what happened?” bottle follow the same steps for the “how do we feel about what happened? bottle.
Following two (or more if you wish) spins of the “how do we feel about what happened?” bottle follow the same steps for the “how might we use what we learned in the future?” bottle.
Sample Questions: feel free to change add and alter the questions to fit your group.
What Happened; WHAT?
- Describe the first successful step taken.
- What did you notice about yourself during that activity?
- How did the person to your left contribute?
- Describe the plan that was created?
- How were decisions made?
- What was the result?
How do we feel about what happened; SO WHAT?
- What would you have done differently?
- Was the goal accomplished?
- How do you feel about what was done?
- What did you do well?
- Were there any surprises?
- What helped you?
How might we use what we learned in the future; NOW WHAT?
- How was this like everyday life?
- What would happen if the team succeeded like this more often?
- When involved in something like this again, what will you do more of?
- What is one action that you can do right now, that will make the team and you more successful?
- If a close friend or family member observed your actions during this activity what would they notice that no one else did?
Be sure to have the participant read the question thoroughly, before spinning the bottle to determine who answers the question. By asking the question first, and the team not knowing who will answer it, it causes the whole team to think and reflect upon the question.
- Chiji Processing dice from the Institute for Experiential Education.