Neil is giving us his version of Microphone Introductions. He's not sure where it's from (Neil, not one of mine), so a big thanks to the originator! (If you know who it is, or where it is written, please let me - Chris - know so I can update this post.)
[A Side Note: I am so grateful for activity contributions to FUNdoing! (Thanks Neil) I get to learn new things and it saves me a fair amount of time - I can spend this extra time working out new things or finding new ideas. Do YOU have an activity you can share with us funsters? Even if it's an IDEA - let's work it into something together. You can start with me - Chris - then we can put some version of your activity out to the group (on FUNdoing) and then we can refine it together into something FUN-tastic. Let's get started.... Okay, back to it.]
What You Need: [I - Chris - will add my take on this in these brackets]
- A length of rope long enough for the whole group to stand around. [I'm going to try this with 8 to 14 players]
- Introduction Prompt slips of paper [My name for them - Neil calls them 'subjects.' The prompts are found in the downloadable PDF below.]
- A small bag or hat to hold the slips of paper.
- A circle of humans.
- Tie a knot at the end of the rope [I'd say a quadruple stopper knot.] This will be the microphone. [I'm going to have the rope nested in the center of the circle with the mic/knot off to the side of the pile.]
- Invite the players to stand in a circle around the pile of rope.
- Pass the bag/hat around the circle and ask each person to take out one slip of paper - the person can read it but not show it to anyone.
- Let everyone know that they will be introducing themselves to the group in the way the prompt, on the slip of paper, suggests. [I will give everyone one opportunity to choose another slip of paper, but they are then 'locked' into the second choice - so, it's a gamble. And, of course, there is Challenge-by-Choice.]
- Each player will introduce her- himself - sharing her/his name and something they enjoy doing when they have free time. [In the download I have some other suggestions about the intro as well.]
- Someone is asked to start. This person is given the microphone/knot. After the introduction, the group is challenged to figure out what the prompt was - maybe 3 or 4 guesses at most before the reveal (if needed).
- The microphone is passed to the left or right for the next introduction and continues the same way from there. The rope/microphone cord is held up by all the players who have introduced themselves as the mic gets passed around. [In the end the group will be holding the rope up off the ground in a circle. We can then go into an activity that requires a rope - maybe Blind Shapes or 5-Pointed Star or....]
Here are a few of the Prompts from the download so you get the idea (you are introducing yourself as if, but don't reveal what the prompt is):
All the best,
Chris Cavert, Ed.D.