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Drama Game: Whoosh!

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May 22, 2013 Drama Games , , , 2 Comments

Whoosh

Type:  Warm-Up.

Procedure:

1.  Everybody stands in a circle.

2.  Start with one person, who waves both hands to his/her neighbor, saying `Whoosh`.

3.  The next person passes the Whoosh to his neighbor, and that way the Whoosh is passed around the circle.

4.  There’s 4 other sounds/movements that can be made:

5.  Whoa!: indicated by saying “whoa”, and holding up both hands in a stop motion. A “Whoa” changes the direction of the Whoosh.

6.  Zap”: instead of passing the Whoosh to your neighbor, it gets zapped to the person you point to with your hands clapped together. The receiver continues with either a Whoosh to his neighbor, or another Zap to another person. A “Whoa” after a Zap returns to the Zapper.

7.  Groooooooovelicious`: for this one the whole group bends down and up again in a kinda groovy way, all saying Groooooooovelicious. Afterwards, the person who started the Groovelicious sets the Whoosh in motion again, in any direction.

8.  “Freakout”: indicated by waving both hands in the air. Everybody starts screaming and moves to the center of the circle. When everybody`s freaked out a new circle is formed, and the starter of the Freakout sets the Whoosh in motion again.

Variations: 

1.  You can invent other sounds and gestures.

2.  Begin an elimination mode in which kids that mess up must sit down, till there’s only two people left standing.

 

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Comments

  • Lyn Cunningham
    Jun 14, 2018 at 5:32 am Reply

    Students usually like this game – or variations on it. I find that Middle Schoolers often use the stop and reverse function too much and kill the forward momentum of the game. To counter that, I often make the rule of “no reverses until I say” or “only people whose birthday is in the summer can reverse” or even “only one reverse per cycle.”

  • litgirl2233
    Dec 20, 2018 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Some others that were used at my high school:

    Bong: The person who has the Whoosh makes a hammering motion with his/her fist and says “Bong,” and the Whoosh reverses direction.

    Bridge: The person who has the Whoosh says “Bridge” and puts one arm up in the direction of the Whoosh’s progress. The person next to him/her is skipped, and the Whoosh goes to the next person.

    Suspension Bridge: The person who has the Whoosh says “Suspension bridge” and raises both arms like… the cables of a suspension bridge. This time, two people are skipped (the Whoosh moves to the third person away) and have to scream and controlled-fall (like they had fallen from a suspension bridge).

    Hyperspace: The person who has the Whoosh says “Hyperspace,” everyone starts making the Whoosh motion and sound at once, and then a random person starts the Whoosh again in the same direction.

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