The Everything Ball
This is a basic imagination, creativity and mime game. Before the exercise prepare by getting used to miming a ball that can be changed. As the sidecoach you should be well acquainted with some of the mime before you teach it to others. Begin by getting the participants into a circle or surround the space. Tell them that you are going to give them an amazing gift. An Everything Ball. Take the everything ball out of your pocket or out of an empty bag. Explain that this is your everything ball and that it is amazing because it can be anything and everything. Take a moment to rip off a small piece of your ball and give it to each of the participants. Asking them to hold out their hand to receive it.
Try not to use the words imagine or pretend. It should be as if the ball was a thing that really existed and it is not a question. Here are some things you can do with your ball to start:
Sidecoach: Let’s make our ball the size of a tennis ball. You will need to stretch it from the piece I gave you.
Let’s throw our ball up in the air and catch it.
Let’s bounce our ball on the ground.
Let’s make our ball the size of a beach ball. Bounce it up in the air on your hand.
Now our ball is as heavy as a bowling ball. Wow that is heavy. Now it feels like a small boulder. Remember to lift with your legs.
Once you have gone through some basics of the ball you can begin to make it into anything that fits your purpose. For example:
Sidecoach: Let’s make our ball into a hammer to build a new home for someone that needs it. Use your hammer.
Let’s make our ball into sandbags to stop a flood. Stack your sandbags.
Let’s make our ball into a machine that will end hunger.
Let’s make our ball into something that make bad actions good ones.
And so on for as many as you would like. Make sure at the end of the exercise participants put their Everything Ball into their own pocket or bag to take with them.
In reverence, talk about the power of the Everything Ball. What other problems could it fix? Do you have a visible tool that you could use?
Spolin, Viola. Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher’s Handbook. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1986. Print.
Great for the themes of: Imagination, Creativity, Justice, Ultimacy, Salvation, Preparation, Divinity, and Evil.