|"The play world
is the child's natural medium for personal growth and positive
learning. Young people are the masters of this magic realm-- they
play the most and are the most influenced by play." (Orlick,
Cooperative Sports & Games Book, 1982)
Have a volunteer stand with his
right foot and right shoulder against the wall without bending
the right knee. Now, boldly announce that you are going to freeze
his left foot simply by touching it with your pinkie finger.
Press your pinkie finger lightly
on his left foot and invite the volunteer to lift his left foot.
It can't be done!
Invite a volunteer to sit in a
chair and fold his arms across his chest. Then ask him to straighten
his body and legs with his shoulders resting on back of the
chair. He should be like a stiff board.
Now, move behind the chair and
ask the volunteer to tip his head back and look at you. Place
a finger on his forehead and press down firmly. Then invite
the volunteer to get up. He can't.... so announce boldly that
your finger is stronger than he is.
Invite everyone in the group to
make a fist and place the inner sides of their fists side-by-side.
Now ask them to press the sides of their fists against each
other for 2 to 3 minutes.
Tell them to slowly pull apart
(slowly!) their fists and that they should feel a magnetic attraction.
Somehow, the fists will feel like they are magnetic and will
move back toward each other!