Body Language

Type of Activity: Problem Solving

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Can be done with limited space or an open area. Plays well with 10 to 25 for 15 to 25 minutes.

Process: Have small groups of 4 to 5 participants work together to come up with a word they will be able to spell out using their bodies to form the letters. We like to do this in “presentation style.” Have groups huddle together to come up with a word and then do some “stealthy” practice – might want to come up with a backup word just in case. When all the groups are ready have each, in turn, present their word for the other groups to decipher. If you have enough participants, split into larger small groups to form longer words.

Variations: You could turn Body Language into a Fun Filled Game by keeping score. The first group to say the word presented receives a point. When presenting, ask the group to line up in their “ready” position and then “snap” their letters/word into place. This avoids the guessing before the word is completed. You could also play a type of “un-scramble.” Groups present a word with the letters out of order and the other groups have to un-scramble the letters to find the word for a score.

Debriefing Topics:

  • What were the hardest letters to reproduce? To figure out?
  • Did the word your group chose have meaning to you or your group? How so?
  • Were you comfortable with what your group asked you to do?

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