The invisible ball is a very simple drama game that stretches the imagination – and can be used to help learn names.
The Invisible Ball
The first player chooses an imaginary object and “throws” it to someone else in the group. Just before they throw it they say what it is and who they are throwing it to. For example “I’m going to throw a tennis ball to Mo”
The catcher mimes catching the imaginary object, changes it to something new and throws it on to the next person. For example “Thanks for the tennis ball Sara, I’m going to throw a feather to Maya”
You can use your imagination to think of new things to mime throwing and catching. For example: a hot potato, a football, a ripe banana…
Tip: this works well online as a physical activity that you can stay in your seat for. Just remember to say who you are throwing it to!
Take it Further
There are many other great games in the book Games, Games, Games, a publication with around 250 group games. The games are essentially co-operative in nature and develop skills and attitudes which encourage learning together and supporting one another.