The Prairie Wind Blows

Have students sit on chairs in a circle with one person standing in the middle. The person in the middle will say one truth about themselves. Anyone in the circle with whom the truth applies to (including the middle person) will then leave their spot in the circle, cross through the center of the circle, …

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Crumbling

First, number students off 1-4 (depending on how many students) and remind students to remember their number. Have all students walk around the room with purpose and after several seconds announce one of the student's numbers. The students who were given that number will stop, begin to shout, “I’m crumbling!” and begin to slow motion crumble …

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Animal Farm

Fill an envelope with small papers that have animal names on them. There should be one name per every 3-6 pieces of paper (may vary depending on size of class). On the back of each paper will be the sound that the animal on the front makes. Have students draw a piece of paper and …

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The Game of Many Things

Purpose: To create focus within a group setting, nonverbal/verbal communication and attentiveness to patterns Age Group: Middle years- adults Group Size: Medium to larger groups — need enough people to create various “circuits” How to Play:  This is a game about creating different individual “circuits” within the group with various gestures, movements, and verbalizations and then working towards …

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Follow the Leader/ Copy Cat/ Witch Doctor

Purpose: To develop observation and concentration skills, as well as build a sense of group connection and workability. Age Group: Around grade 3/4 and up. Group Size: For medium or large groups, so about 8 students or more.  How to play: One person is chosen as the guesser and they go out of the room for about a …

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A Tableau Story

Partner student up into pairs. In their pairs, they will begin by shaking hands and mid-shake they will freeze to form their first tableau. Then, one of them will unfreeze and form a new scene with their "still frozen" partner. Students will take turns freezing and unfreezing to form new tableaus until the teacher decides …

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Two Truths and a Lie

Each participant stands in front of the class and says two truths about themselves and one lie, then the class votes on which one is the lie. Benefits: Encourages listening skills Students learn more about their classmates Limitations: If scores are kept, keep in mind that the competition might not be suitable for some groups. …

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Lumberjack Warmup (Movement)

  Before You Start: Make sure participants understand the three motions: becoming a tree, chopping down a tree, and having a tree fall. Review when in the game you would perform each motion. Review proper chopping (no touching), as well as proper heckling (no touching or yelling). Play a slow motion practice round. Set Up: Everyone standing in a circle facing …

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Imaginary Ball Toss Name Game

  For this activity, participants are to stand in a circle about a foot apart. One participant begins by pretending to throw a ball to another participant in the circle. The receiver of the imaginary ball pretends to catch the ball by clapping their hands. They then pass the imaginary ball to a different participant. This …

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