Frustration May Be The Mother of Invention

Submitted by root on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 20:04


A group of players are busy arranging a collection of wooden bricks into a large circle. 

Pairs of players are taking turns to take bricks from a pile in the corner of the room and carry them to a point on the circle.  Bricks are being lifted and carried one at a time, and the players are not using their hands.  Players are improvising ways of transporting the bricks using feet, elbows, shoulders, and other parts of their bodies.  Bricks are being carried between two feet pressed together.  One pair of players is transporting a brick pressed between their foreheads.  Bricks are being balanced on shoes, forearms, and heads.  Pairs of players are sliding, shuffling, and gently hopping as they transport their brick towards their chosen point on the circle.

Then one couple accidentally drop their brick to the floor.  They balance on one leg and remain (almost) motionless.

Another pair of players have just deposited their brick in the circle.  They go to the centre of the circle and spin around twenty times at high speed.  They then walk over and bow to the two balancing players.  The players who had dropped their brick have been rescued and now lift the brick and resume their journey.

The game continues until all the bricks have been arranged in an evenly spaced circle.  The players then make an outer circle around the bricks, spin around together twenty times, and end the game with a shout.

Note :

-  the rescuing activity may provide a physical contrast to (and, for the players, a variation from) the relatively slow moving progress involved in brick carrying ;  variations may include jumping, press-ups, dance movements, etc.

-  players in wheelchairs may be provided with sticks, and lift and carry bricks by using the sticks as giant chopsticks.