Shape Shifter


Quick thinking game requiring pairs to create shapes called out to them.

How Do I Play It?

Start in a drama circle asking participants to form pairs.

Explain that they need to create shapes which you call out to them, such as capital letters, lower-case letters, numbers or shapes.

The pairs will have to create these shapes whilst you count down from 10.


Ban verbal communication to see how it changes the way they work.


The caller could change to individuals around the circle.

The teacher can begin to call out more advanced objects.

The pairs can turn into larger groups/whole class.

Pairs, Small Groups, Whole Group
Short (5 mins or less)
Improvisation, Spontaneity, Teamwork
Games could be a beginning starter, an introducing step during a workshop or as an end plenary. They are a platform for further development and are never meant to be the whole session on their own.

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