Have everyone take off their shoes and put them in a pile in the middle of your space (this works well if everyone is standing in a circle). Then, tell each person to take two random shoes and put them on. (It might be difficult, but tell them to do the best they can. You don't have to tie or buckle them on.) Then, instruct everyone to find the two other people who have match to those shoes. When one person is found, the shoe wearers must put their feet together, shoe to shoe. Both people continue to search for the shoes that match their other shoe. In order to do this, participants will have to twist, turn, and get all tangled up.
Note: This game works best with a small group (of up to 10-12 people). If you have a large group, you may wish to separate into smaller groups.
This game is a little like hot potato. Have the group form a circle. Ask a few people if you can borrow one of their shoes to play the game. Tell the group that these shoes are now your "musical objects." Start playing music (or have the participants start to sing). As the music is going, the group must pass the musical objects around the circle. When the song finishes (or when you decide to stop the music), the people holding the objects must act out whatever the leader tells them to for that round (for example, you could say that they have to act like a power ranger, ballerina, etc... get creative). Then, start the music and object passing again, but this time, everyone who had one of the objects at the end of the round has to do their "action" every time they get a shoe. There is no limit to how many actions any one person might have to do (so, if they end up with a shoe again, they could have to do extra actions).
Extra Materials: Music, music player (optional)
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