Name Gesture

Summary

A common name game to encourage imagination, physical movement and mime when introducing yourself.

How Do I Play It?

Start in a drama circle.

Teacher/facilitator models/starts by stepping forward and saying their name with an action. Then steps back and ask the students to follow the example, and then to pass it on to the next student etc.

Continue until everyone has been introduced.

Tips

For less confident groups you could run it in pairs where they introduce each other and have an opportunity to discuss their mimes with each other.

Variations

Following the students name and gesture the whole group repeats.

Once familiar you could use just the actions to pass the gestures from any students around the circle.

Participants
Pairs, Small Groups, Whole Group
Expertise
All
Duration
Short (5 mins or less)
Skills
Character, Confidence, Improvisation
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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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