Big Thoughts Little Words

Big Thoughts Little Words

In this simple exercise, participants use the size of a word to understand its importance.  Each participant will need a piece of paper or a spot on a white or chalk board.  Ask participants to write an important word on the paper as large as they can.  Tell them to fill the whole paper or spot on the board with the word.

Next have them flip the paper or erase the board and write the word as small as they can.

You can use words you are talking about or even phrases in this activity.  Also, you can do this with as many words or phrases as you would like.

In reverence, talk about how the meaning of the word changed when its size changed.  Do some words seem like they need to be big or small?  How did it feel to write the word or phrase in different ways?  What power do the words have big or small?

Adapted from:

Spolin, Viola. Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher’s Handbook. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1986. Print.


Great for the themes of: Scripture, The Sources, Myth.

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