"There is a Life Force, an Energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only ONE of YOU in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost." -Martha Graham
The art of mime and games which explore the phenomena of purely physical communication such as "charades" or "guesstures" are always a hit with children, and ask them to elicit powers of their imagination and divergent ways of thinking that are becoming increasingly important for success in today's marketplace.
Games are a great way of exploring physical expression, or any activity which may have some rules or guidelines but which forces students to create some aspect of the activity. I played one of my favorite games that I call the "Clay Game" as one of the beginning lessons in exploring physical creativity and imaging just the other day.
"Clay Game" Activity:
Ojbective: Students must mold imaginary clay into an object, showing all physical shapes and pieces being constructed silently for the group (seated in a circle on the floor). They may not speak but they may use sound effects if they can produce them and the object being would make such a noise.
1. Once molded, Player 1 must interact somehow with the imaginary clay object to further reinforce what it is, they must "use" it in some way.
2. Player 1 passes the creation to the next player (Player 2), who then also uses the object in a (hopefully different) way that shows that he or she understands what it is. ****see note below
3. Player 2 smashes, removes, or adds to this clay to form their own object and it goes on like this around the circle until everyone has had a chance to shape and use an object. *In the event that the "receiver" doesn't understand the object, they must pass it back and the player must re-shape and re-use it until an understanding is reached.
****NOTE: In the event that the "receiver" doesn't understand the object, they must pass it back and the player must re-shape and re-use it until an understanding is reached.