This activity is only about participants being prepared and comfortable in their own bodies, but also about learning to be comfortable sharing spaces with one another.
- No materials are needed for this activity.
To get physically warmed up; to connect with peers in the room and to be aware of the space that we share; to joyfully and generously work together to achieve goals; to accept offers of all kinds, whether physical, verbal or otherwise.
- Participants walk around the room aimlessly until you call out a number and a body part (ie. 3 noses).
- At that point, participants will then group up according to the number you called and touch together the body part you also called.
- Keep everyone playing by giving out points to the first group formation and removing points for the last group formation.
- Try the elimination version: the person (or group) that gets into formation last, is out. Play until there is a winner.
- Stress that participants should use good judgment and caution when coming together, but that enthusiasm is key.
- Be strategic with the body parts you call and be aware that a participant may not at all be comfortable with the body part of being in close proximity with other. At any time, participants can opt out of a round by exercising their right to say no and feel safe. This is a great opportunity for you to observe their comfort levels and foster their self-confidence.
After ending the game, reconvene for a brief reflection by posing to them some questions like:
- Did you feel comfortable the whole time? Why or why not?
- What did you learn about yourself?
Canadian improv games. “Three Noses.” Improv.ca. Retrieved online from: http://improv.ca/three-noses/