The Conductor

Type of Activity:  Time Filler, Consensus Building

Source:  Playing With A Full Deck, by Michelle Cummings

Props Needed:  playing cards, one per participant

Group Size:  Best played with 12 or more players.

Aim of the Game:  To conduct a song using the sounds of the cards.

Playing the Game:  (Learned at an AEE conference using clapping instead of cards, conducted by Craig Dobkin)  

Divide your group into 4-5 smaller groups.  Deal one card to each participant.  Instruct them that whenever you point at their group, they need to slap their card on their hand in unison.  Only the group you point at should make the noise, the other groups wait until you point to them.  They should slap their card to their hand one time for each time you point to their group.  So if you point to a group three times in a row, they should slap their card to their hand three times in a row. 

As the facilitator, get creative and animated when pointing to different groups.  Come up with a familiar song that they might recognize as they are slapping their cards to your directions.  Children’s Songs such as Row, Row, Row Your Boat or Mary Had a Little Lamb are easy ones to conduct. 

Learning styles utilized from the 7 Kinds of Smart:  ~music smart, body smart, people smart

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