Catch My Name

Summary

Get to know everyone in the group by passing a ball or similar soft object.

Aim
How Do I Play It?

Start in a drama circle.

Teacher/facilitator names themselves and then the name of a another who they will then throw a soft ball/object to, e.g. "John to Sarah."

Sarah would then say her own name and names someone in the circle and throws to them, e.g. "Sarah to Lucy.

This continues around the circle until everyone is familiar with names.

Tips

This is a good game for the teacher to become familiar with students names.

Variations

Participants say the person who they will throw to first then the name of who that student will throw onto.

Let's say John starts, he would say 'Sarah to Lucy' and pass the ball to Sarah.

Sarah would then have to pass to Lucy naming someone for Lucy to pass to, and so on.


You can add movement to this game e.g. throw then move towards/swap places with the person you have thrown to.

Participants
Small Groups, Whole Group
Expertise
Novice
Duration
Short (5 mins or less)
Skills
Confidence, Memory
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