Erica Marx

Word Association Toss w/ Sound Response

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Partners quickly form a sound & motion "sculpture" in response to a word that gets tossed to them, then word association continues.



practice acceptance and quick response
Allow brain to relax and accept the unexpected.
There are no mistakes


Warm up: Word association in a circle

Round 1: Pass the words like in sound & motion (looking at the next person)
Round 2: Say the words into a central “pot” (the middle of the circle).

This helped people be more free, created a cool disconnected/connected feeling of the group sharing

In circle
Say person's name and toss them a word. 
Player 2 receives word and restates it. Then calls next person's name and tosses them a word.
John: "Suzie, brick." (tosses her the brick) 
Suzie: "Brick. Julie, stone" (tosses her the stone)

A-B-C association
First make A-B associations as above
Then do A-B outloud (say B but don't toss) and toss the C association. 
Then do A-B with B silent and toss the C to the next person.

Warm up: Practice sound/motion response to a word

First in whole group
Then in pairs in the circle
 accept each other -- complementary / mirror / etc

Word Association Toss - In pairs, still in circle
Word association back and forth between partners until you hear the bell 
At bell you’ll pass your word you ended on to the next pair

Pair will create sound & motion sculpture with that word suggestion.

In each pair, person with ___ will go first every time.

Train transition cues --

I say “321” word association starts
Bell - stop talking (remember last word)
Share out loud pair by pair
(or you could have one person in each pair share and one person receive)

Bell - sculpture

Bell - end sculpture and pick up word association again until next bell

Demo each part

Notes - I had each pair say the word out loud that was being tossed. This was fun to see the diversity in the room.

Could use more clear instructions on how to make the sound/motion interpretation. For example, are they converging? Being complementary? Give instruction to make eye contact? How to connect to theme of acceptance

Related - passing words as gifts


Jim / Erica brainstorm on how to create games that focus on acceptance

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