Mexican Clap

Summary

Pass a clap around a circle in super-fast speed....whoosh!

How Do I Play It?

Students sit in a Drama circle and the idea is to send a clap around the circle just like a Mexican wave.

They each have to clap one after another and try to send the clap around as quickly as possible.

To focus their attentions, set an initial time for them to beat. Give them 3 attempts to improve on their time. You can even revisit this in later sessions.

Tips

Add 2 seconds to the time if anyone claps out of turn, or claps more than once.

Variations

Change the clap for a word, action or musical note.

Add in change direction or change the dynamic e.g. it has to be the exact same beat around the circle.

Participants
Small Groups
Expertise
Novice
Duration
Short (5 mins or less)
Skills
Concentration, Teamwork
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