Hi John, You're Jolly


A descriptive name game with a group reaction.

How Do I Play It?

Start in a Drama Circle.

Teacher/facilitator starts by stepping forward and saying their name with a description, such as:

"Hi - I'm John and I'm jolly" accompanied by a 'jolly' mime.

The group then responds:

"Hi John" with a big wave, "you're jolly", repeating the same mime in response.

This sequence repeats around the circle until everyone has introduced themselves and been greeted in response.


Give younger participants a short period of time to prepare their mime, or pair them up to allow some discussion.


The second time round the circle the first part of the conversation can be dropped - this tests the memory of the group.

The third time round the circle the 'Hi John' part can be dropped, and the mime is all that is required.

Small Groups, Whole Group
Medium (5 - 10 mins)
Confidence, Voice
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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