EXERCISE: Restore Rhythm

OBJECTIVE:  To restore natural balance through simple musical games

LENGTH:  5-10 minutes

FACILITATOR TASKS AND ACTIONS: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

BACKGROUND RESEARCH:

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