Well Oiled Machine

Type of Activity:  Frontloading / Processing / Closer

Props Needed:  None

Set Up:  Need enough room for your group to end up in a circle. Plays well with 6 to 25 for 10 to 20 minutes.

Concepts:  A 'well oiled machine' has many pieces and parts that all work together to make the machine work properly.  This concept also works for teams.  This  activity allows for a fun, active ending to your program.

Process:  This is a perfect way to end the day for a large group.  After your group has worked well together all day long, "like a well oiled machine", have them take that concept home with them.

Discuss the idea that machines have several pieces and parts that all work together to make the machine work properly.  This concept also works for teams.

Instruct them to think of a noise and an action in their head.  (whirring, clanging, beeping, swishing, sloshing, chugging, etc…..and an appropriate movement to go with it.)  Ask for one volunteer to step into the center of the group and start doing their action and noise.

After this volunteer has performed their noise and action for about 5 seconds another volunteer steps forward and physically attaches somewhere to the first volunteer and adds a new noise and a new action.  Ask them to physically attach so that the machine will be one large working unit by the time everyone adds in their action and noise.

Then one at a time the rest of the group will enter the 'machine', physically attach to another working part already in process and add their noise and action.

By the time everyone has joined the machine it will be whistling and bustling about with activity.  A fun way to end the day!

 

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