Interlingual Energizers/Magic Objects

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amount 1, several for unexperienced groups
language level (advanced)
age 10+
group size 5-20
materials an object which can be used in several ways (e.g. a plastic back, a stick, a rope, a piece of paper)
space free space, either outdoors or indoors
time 5-15 min
encourages creativity, acting out pantomimes, introduction to theatre

The activity Magic Objects (Deutsch: Magische Objekte) is part of the collection of interlingual energizers. See a list of all activities.


The introduction is also available in 1 other languages: Deutsch

This game is about acting. An actress or an actor has to use her or his imagination to create a story out of the things around her/him. The things around as are not items which can be used in a single way, but they can have many different purposes.


The rules is also available in 1 other languages: Deutsch

  1. Let's stand in a circle.
  2. Who ever has an idea goes in the middle, takes the object and shows us how one can use it. You are not allowed to use your voice.
  3. The others guess what she or he wants to show us.
  4. The first person who guesses goes in the middle.
  5. I'll show you an example.

Possible extensions

  • You can use this game for teaching words in a foreign language to the participants. You can introduce the rule that only a certain language can be used or that they not only have to say the name of the object but build complete sentences including the name and the action.
  • You can bring two or more objects and make the participants interact with each other.
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