As promised here is our drama game of the week.
Stand in a circle, pick someone out & ask their name, then say “Hi Helen, my name is James…here you go!” Throw the ball underhand to Helen. Helen then says “Thank you James”, she picks someone else and says “Hi X, my name is Helen…here you go!” and so on until everyone in the circle has had a go.
Throw the ball around the circle again, making sure that everyone uses the same order, and uses each other’s names. The group will be challenged to remember who to throw it to. Take it slow and help the group out, so that each person has a successful second round.
Do it again, using the same order and everyone’s names, but see if you can do it faster. It will go pretty fast and the group will be left feeling pleased with themselves.
Do it again, urging the group to go faster with an enthusiastic tone, once the ball has gone around a few group members, take a second ball out of your pocket and throw it to the first participant (Freddy!) saying his name just like before. By now the group should feel comfortable with keeping the second ball going. Dependent on the age and ability of the group you can introduce a third and a fourth ball, you can go up to about six balls. For fun you can introduce a ridiculous number of balls, and strange objects such as cuddly toys, beanbags in strange shapes, anything soft! It generally becomes a hilarious shambles, which can help the group to bond even more.
For more drama games go to our Drama Games and Resources page.