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A bit of Buffoonary

This activity is about helping the children create their own Buffoon character physically before drawing or writing about it. Buffoons speak their own language which is almost entirely gestures and grunts and they have a lot in common with clowns. They don’t wear special make up but do tend to have exaggerated features and are not too clever! This is a physical activity that requires a large space and some atmospheric music. Ask the children to walk around the space. When you say stop the children must stop and when you say go they move. Continue till they get the hang of this.

Now ask the children to pick a point in the room to walk to, walk to that point and stop. The children must get to their destination without walking into anyone else. The pace at which they walk can vary each time. Pick a different point and repeat. Continue for a few minutes.

This time ask the children to do the same but choose to lead with a particular body part, for example; they can choose to lead with their nose, or their forehead, their chest or their bottom. You could model this across the space and then ask them to walk around to music as if led by this body part. Once the children get the hang of this ask them to add a sound to their movement. They could meet and have imaginary conversations with each other just using gestures and sounds.


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