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Story-A-Round with ball toss:
The goal of this exercise is to create a story with a beginning, middle, and end while keeping the ball in play.
Participants are limited to two sentences or phrases.
Standing or sitting in a circle, one participant starts a story and tosses the ball.
The participant who catches the ball adds to the story with a sentence or phrase that further develops the story as they toss the ball.
The creation of the story must follow the guidelines of the world in which this story exists, not necessarily the guidelines of the rational world in which we live.
The exercise continues until facilitator calls "Stop". If the story begins to fall along the lines of a well-known story (Goldilocks and the Three Bears for example), stop the exercise and begin again. Encourage the participants to allow their own imagination to write the story, allowing any visual images to evoke actions and character. They will find the more engaged they become in creating the story, the more impact the story will have on their enjoyment of the exercise and their memory of the story. Skills Developed/Enhanced: intentional focus, listening, working memory, general memory, imagination Group discussion: How successful was the group at creating a story? Why or why not? Did each addition make sense to the existing narrative? What restrictions did the group assume? Were these restrictions helpful in achieving the goal? Journal Response: What, if anything, prevented you from fully participating in this exercise? What might your willingness or unwillingness to fully take part tell you about your presence in your daily life activities? Notes:
The goal is to create the image of a reflection.
A facilitator is preferred.
The exercise is silent.
Each pair designates one leader and one mirror.
In pairs, either seated or standing, establish eye contact and maintain eye contact throughout the exercise.
Once eye contact is established, a facilitator begins calling "Start".
The person designated as the leader moves and the person designated as the mirror reflects back the movements.
After minute or two, the facilitator switches the roles of the leader and the mirror. Skills Developed/Enhanced: physical perception, expanding awareness, mental discipline. JournalResponse: Were you able to maintain your focus on the goal? How, if at all,did the movement change? Were you able to maintain structural integrity throughout the exercise? While maintaining eye contact, how did your awareness of your environment change? How might you continue to develop this expanded awareness in your daily activities? Notes:
*If self-consciousness or skepticism is noticed, it is usually during the introduction of these execises. It is helpful to remind participants that their ability to mentally focus on the exercise rather than their personal feelings is what gives the exercise its greatest benefit. The practice of consciously changing their thinking (mental flexibility) from rational (left-brain) to creative (right-brain) is one of the most important hallmarks of Learning HOW to Age®.