Activity 3: Find the Simorgh
Activity time: 10 minutes
Preparation for Activity
- Arrange an open space for playing this game. If the space is small or safety is a concern, plan for children to move about on the floor instead of walking.
Description of Activity
Children play a game where they move from being alone to finding community.
Invite participants into the open space to play Find the Simorgh. Ask everyone to sit (or stand) in one spot where they are not touching anyone else, and close their eyes. Say:
I am going to whisper in one person's ear, Simorgh. That person is the Simorgh and may open their eyes. Then I will invite everyone to begin moving around, in search of fellow travelers. I ask you to move slowly, and carefully, because your eyes will still be closed.
When you meet (or bump into) someone else, ask "Simorgh?" If they are not the Simorgh, they should reply by asking you "Simorgh?" Since neither of you have found the Simorgh, you must both keep traveling on your search.
If you ask "Simorgh?" and you have found the Simorgh, they will not reply. Then you know you have found the Simorgh. The Simorgh will take the traveler's hand and the traveler who has found the Simorgh can open their eyes. Now both of you are the Simorgh.
Keep playing until everyone has found the Simorgh. When everyone has become the Simorgh, you may all yell "Simorgh!" and raise your hands high in the air.
If there is time and interest, play again.
After the game, ask:
- How was this game like the story?
- How is the game like a community?
- Why did the Simorgh not answer when you encountered them? [Because the Simorgh is not complete-not really the Simorgh-until all the members are connected.]
Including All Participants
To fully include children with limited mobility or vision, use a smaller space and have everyone sit closer than arm's length to one another. Have children reach out to find the Simorgh, instead of traveling.