A game for breaking the ice and quickly getting the attention of the group.
Ask everyone to hold up their right hand and draw a small circle in the air in front of them with their finger. Demonstrate this and get them to join in. Now ask them to drop their right hand and raise their left. With this hand they should draw the shape of a cross in the air. Demonstrate this as well. Now ask them to draw both the cross and the circle at the same time. Most people will probably be able to do this part.
Now ask them to swop hands so they are drawing a circle with their left hand and a cross with the right. This is the part that most people will struggle with – it can be quite amusing. Swop back and forth a few times. (It may remind you of that old chestnut of patting your head and rubbing your tummy – then swopping hands.) Augusto Boal often used this game at the beginning of his drama sessions.
Come back for a new Game next week!