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Monday, February 13, 2017

February 13: Get a Different Name Day

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This game is typically used to help children get to know each other’s names. To adapt this for “Get a Different Name Day,” let kids pick new names and play the rest of the game according to the directions. You could also let kids create name tags for their new names and go by their new names for the rest of the day.

The Name Game


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  1. This isn’t a strict pantomime activity; participants can speak, but only to say their names.
  2. The idea of the game is to help kids learn each other’s names. This game is ideal for a group of kids that are just meeting each other.
  3. A child says his/her name and simultaneously offers some kind of gesture or movement.
  4. Everyone in the group can then repeat the child’s name and gesture/movement.
  5. After everyone has a turn, then this can become a memory game that can be played several different ways. First, one child (or an adult) can be the caller. The caller would either say a name or do a gesture/movement and the rest of the group would repeat it and point to that person.
  6. The game could also be played as such: Players stand in a circle. The first player says someone’s name and/or does the gesture/movement. The next player must go stand where that person is. If the player was right, then the player now does a name/gesture for the person s/he is replacing. If not, then the first player gets another turn, this time for the next person in the circle.

Source(s): 100 Drama Activities for Kids (activity G5)

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