EXERCISE: Restore Rhythm
OBJECTIVE: To restore natural balance through simple musical games
LENGTH: 5-10 minutes
FACILITATOR TASKS AND ACTIONS:
- Use simple clapping games, adding rhythmic stomping, marching and toning.
- Begin a “call and response” exercise with 4 consecutive rhythmic claps - 1-2-3-4.
- Participants should mimic your claps both in number and pace.
- If participants do not mimic you correctly, gently and playfully scold them, gesture with your hands for them to stop, observe once more, and try again.
- Once participants comply correctly to the rhythm you have set, reward them with an encouraging nod and give them more rhythms to mimic.
- As the activity progresses, explore using different parts of the body (e.g. 2 claps and 2 stomps).
- Incorporate breathing in the rhythm; think about panting or catching your breath.
- Continue while monitoring the group for sustained interest for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Wrap up the activity by presenting a rhythm that is hard to repeat or just generally silly with the goal of eliciting laughs. Play with it!
CUES TO MOVE ON:
- Are participants still looking at you/each other?
- Does it appear that participant attention is wandering?
- Are people beginning to talk to each other?
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