In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
One of the most important skills for helping people, particularly people outside your community, is learning to listen. This game is a fun way to stretch our skills of paying attention when we might not know what is going on, and watching for the cues that others give us.
Have the group sit in a large circle. Choose one person to be "it," the person who will guess. Have the person who is "it" go out of hearing/seeing range of the group and wait while the group chooses an adverb to act out. Explain: An adverb is the kind of word that describes how an action is done, and adverbs usually end in "-LY," such as quickly, elegantly, brutally, sloppily, bravely, or carefully.
Have the person who is "it" return. Tell them they may request members of the group to perform certain actions in a way that expresses the adverb. For instance, the guesser might ask one person to walk across the circle, another to read aloud, another to pick up a piece of paper. Each person who is invited to act should perform the action in a way that expresses the adverb. The guesser attempts to identify the adverb based on the other's actions. You may wish to limit the game by setting 5-8 actions per adverb; then, have the group announce the word to the guesser, and choose a new person to be "it."
After the game, ask participants:
If any individuals might have a particularly difficult time guessing an adverb or performing actions to demonstrate an adverb, have children work in pairs.
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Last updated on Monday, August 20, 2012.
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