Body Part Debrief™

Body Part Debrief™

Source:  A Teachable Moment, pg 59-62,  Trademarked activity of Training Wheels.  Created by Michelle Cummings. 

Type of Activity:  Processing 

Props Needed:  Tossable items shaped like body parts 

Group Size:   1–20

Purpose: The Body Part Debrief activity is a great activity for both new and experienced facilitators.  It is simple enough that groups of any age will understand it.  The body parts have a ‘coolness factor’ to them that fosters a safe environment for people to talk.  If you are having a hard time getting participants to share or reflect, this activity will help solve that problem.

The basic concept for this activity is that you have different balls or objects that are shaped like body parts.  Each part can represent a metaphor related to that part.  Many of the parts can have metaphors that relate to conflict, bullying, or other issues that arise in your group.  For example:


  • Could represent something new that you saw in yourself or someone else.
  • What vision do you have for yourself/the group?
  • What qualities do you see in yourself?
  • Describe some of the warning signs you saw before the conflict happened.
  • How did you see yourself perform within the group?
  • Have you ever seen or witnessed bullying in your school?
  • Do you keep an eye out for bullies?  How?


  • Could represent something that took guts for you to do.
  • What pushed you outside your comfort zone?
  • What sick feelings have you felt before?
  • What is your gut reaction to conflict?
  • Was something hard for you to stomach?
  • What does your gut do when someone starts to bully you?


  • Could represent something new that you learned about yourself, a teammate, or the group.
  • What thoughts do you have on conflict resolution?
  • What did you learn through your experience?
  • What have you learned about bullying that would prevent you from hurting someone else?
  • Do people think consciously when bullying others?  Why or why not?


  • Could represent a feeling that you experienced.
  • What things come from the heart?
  • Name a few feelings that may happen during a conflict.
  • What means a lot to you?
  • How do you think bully’s feel when they are bullying others?


  • In what way did the group support you?
  • Could represent someone you think deserves a hand for a job well done.
  • How did you lend a hand during the activity?  Have you ever had a hand in bullying someone?  In escalating a conflict?
  • Have you ever physically used your hand in a bullying manner?


  • Could represent something you listened to.
  • What was a good idea you heard?
  • How can being a good listener help dissolve a conflict?
  • Could represent something that was hard to hear—did someone call you a bad name or make fun of you?
  • When you hear bullying, what should you do?

Smiley face

  • Could represent something that made you smile or laugh.
  • What are some of your positive attributes?
  • What are some positive attributes of the group?
  • How can we look at conflict as something positive?


  • What direction would you like to see yourself/the group go?
  • Have you ever stuck your foot in your mouth and said something you wished you wouldn’t have?
  • Have you ever intentionally ‘kicked’ someone when they were down?
  • How can we kick the cycle of harboring resentment as opposed to resolving a conflict in a healthy way?


  • What strengths do you have?
  • Have you ever come close to a breaking point?
  • Have you ever felt emotionally broken by a bully?
  • What are some of your breaking points when you are in conflict with someone?


  • What is the backbone of your family or friends?
  • What took a lot of backbone to do?
  • Does standing up for yourself against a group of bullies take a lot of strength?


  • Did you stick your nose into someone else’s business?
  • What really stunk about your performance?  What would you have changed?
  • Have you ever prevented someone from being bullied by ‘sticking your nose’ in someone else’s business?
  • Was this the right thing to do?  Why?
  • Have you ever escalated an argument between two people by ‘sticking your nose’ in the conflict?


  • Although it’s not a human body part, it is a living and breathing body.  Use it to talk about how your actions affect others.
  • What happens if we do not take care of our resources?  Resources can be friends, family, our community, etc.
  • Talk about the bigger picture of bullying in your program.
  • How can looking at the big picture help resolve a conflict?

Directions:  There are many ways to use these metaphors.  Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Describe each part and then leave them in the center of the circle.  Ask participants a question such as, “How do you feel about conflict?”  Invite participants to think about which metaphoric part they would like to share with the group that relates to your question.  Ask them come forward and pick a ball that relates to their feeling.  Depending on the time you have allotted for sharing, participants can share as much or as little as they want.  Encourage each participant to share at least one time.
  • Use each piece for a targeted metaphoric debrief to resolve a conflict.
  • Present each ball and explain the different metaphors they could use to talk about when they receive that ball.  Frontloading this activity can give the participants an idea of what to do.  Once you describe a ball, toss it randomly to someone in the group.  Then, as you describe the other balls,  the person that received the first ball will have time to think about what they want to share.  Once all of the balls are distributed within the circle, go back to the person that received the first ball.  Ask them to share their thoughts with the group and then have them toss the ball randomly to    someone else in the group.  Move onto the second person you threw a ball to, etc.  You can use as many balls as you would like; however, more than four balls can confuse the order in which people are supposed to talk.

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