Have your group form a circle. Ask a few people if you can borrow one of their shoes. These shoes (or whatever you choose) are now your musical objects. This game is a lot like hot potato. You can either play music or have the participants sing a short song while they pass around the objects. When the song is finished, the people have to act out whatever the leader tells them to do for that round. For example, for round one it might be "act like a power ranger," another round it might be "act like a ballerina," etc. Then, you start again with the music and the passing of the object, only this time, everyone who had a musical object 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.
Materials: Music and music player (optional), object to pass around
Divide the group into teams. Make the teams small enough so that they can easily communicate. The leader will pick a topic, like "love." Each team gets 30 seconds after hearing the topic to prepare. When the leaders say "go" the first group gets 10 seconds to sing a song with the word topic ("love") in it. The teams alternate receiving 10 seconds each. The first team that is unable to thing of a song loses. The teams must sing at least eight words from the song. Leaders must keep time well. Leaders can also be flexible when making the rules.
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