Type: Creativity, Improv
Purpose: An interactive way to have kids practice storytelling and body movement.
1. Ask five players to take the stage.
2. Assign one player to be the “reader” and the other four to be the “pop-up book”.
3. Ask the class for a suggestion for the title of the book.
4. Have the pop-up players lie on the ground, as if ink blots on the page.
4. The reader opens the cover of the book and begins reading it. Whenever the reader flips a page, the four players “pop up” as if they were illustrations in the pop-up book. The reader must then “read” what is on the page, including the pop-ups into the evolving story.
5. Occasionally the reader can go up to one of the pop-ups and ‘‘pull a tab’’ and the character goes into a simple action. Or the narrator “presses a button” and a character speak a simple line of dialogue.
5. The goal is for story to have a complete beginning, middle and end.
– For each page turn, have the reader quickly move in front of the players with a big arm gesture as if turning a huge page.
– Encourage the pop-up players to use a range of positions and facial expressions.
– Remind the reader to use the frozen players as animate and inanimate objects…could be anything that helps move along the story.
Taken from Beat by Beat Press
Divide students up into groups no larger than 10 students. Pre-select several Bible scenes or verses and each group has to come up with a modern day skit of that scene or the theme of the verses. Everyone in the group must be in the skit. Give groups a time limit, usually at least 20 minutes, send a leader with each group to help keep them on track, and then have each group perform for everyone. For added fun, throw in some props that they must use somehow.
Taken from "The Source for Youth Ministry"
Props: One sheet of flipchart paper, markers, and construction paper
Purpose: Reflection, closing activity
Procedure: Draw a picture of a tree on a flip chart including roots, trunk, branches, leaves and fruit – or however you want. Give each participant a leaf cut from construction paper. Ask them to write on the leaf something they are taking with them from the training. Then have the group stand in a circle. Then, each person shares what their leaf says and attaches it with tape to the tree. People can put their leaf wherever they want on the picture of the tree depending on what they take with them, but I never state this in advance. The trainers go last and process the activity by noting the symbolism of what it means to be the roots, the trunk, the leaves and the fruit, or not on the tree at all.
Taken from the "Guide to Cooperative Games for Social Change" by Adam Fletcher and Kari Kunst