- Have all participants form a circle, facing the center.
- Use a small, soft beanbag or stuffed toy to throw to a member of the circle.
- The catcher then throws it to someone else and crosses his or her arms.
- This is the first part of a repeatable sequence. Participants must memorise who they received the beanbag from and who they threw it to.
- Continue passing to those who have not crossed their arms. Eventually everyone will have a place in the sequence. Rehearse it once by throwing a beanbag to the first player again and repeating what has been previously established.
- Once it goes down the sequence and gets to the last person, the bean bag is tossed back up the sequence in a reverse order until it is back in the hands of the first player.
- Introduce vocabulary. Each toss must be accompanied by a word. Try Objects that start with the letter “c”. You can try things you can see in the room. You can also do objects in alphabetical order; “apple”, “bat”, “chicken”, doorknob” etc.
TIPS: You can add an elimination element to this game if you want to. However it is a difficult game and the point is to get vocabulary working while other parts of the brain are occupied.
VARIATIONS: If this is not already difficult enough, you can add a second ball. One goes down the established sequence while the other goes up. The person at the midway point will have to be very quick and nimble.