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TUG OF WAR EXERCISE

Level: Primary and up
Grades: K and up | Age: 5 and up | Written by: Connor Snyder
[Connor is a professional actress and producer (M*A*S*H & HBO)]
Summary:

This drama exercise shows that problems can be solved only by interacting with each other.

What You Need:
What You Do:

When I was growing up, there wasn't a kid on our block who hadn't played tug of war - it was a passage rite into the "Who's the strongest kid?" competition.

In theatre tug of war, the same concept prevails - except there's no rope whatsoever! The children play with a "space rope".

This game can be played with two, four, six or eight players at a time.

The teacher encourages the children to "Pull! Pull" and challenges them to stay in the same space.

If the children totally concentrate on the "object" between them, they will use as much energy as if there were a real rope between them.

This is an important exercise in that no one can do it alone - it shows that problems can be solved ONLY by interacting with each other!

Recommended Books/Products:

Show Time: Music, Dance, and Drama Activities for Kids
by Lisa Bany-Winters
In Show Time! kids will learn to become "triple threat" performers, developing their skills as singers, dancers, and actors through more than 80 activities that include imitating a musician or musical instrument, acting out a song, creating a mirror dance, making puppets and playbills, and more. Along the way, they'll learn about the history of musicals, discover musicals about history, and find out how to get it all together before the curtain goes up. Show Time! is perfect for teachers needing to prepare performers for a show; for parents looking for fun ways to fill spare minutes with their kids at home, in the car, or in a doctor's waiting room; and for kids wanting ways to enjoy themselves on their own or in a small group. Several play scripts, a list of suggested musicals for kids, and a play glossary are included.



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