This is a great activity to use in a group setting. I have found that it works well for teens.
Write out scenarios on strips of paper to be drawn for role play. Here are some suggestions:
- Your parent just took your phone away as a consequence for getting in trouble
- You just won the lottery
- You just found out your best friend is moving away
- Falling in love
- You were just bullied in the lunch room
- You just passed your driver’s license test
- You just found out a close family member died
- Your boyfriend/girlfriend just broke up with you and you had no idea it was about to happen
- You just caught the winning touchdown pass in the championship game
- You spill your drink in your lap at lunch and then have to return to your classroom
- You show up to class and realize you forgot that you have a huge test
- You found twenty dollars on the street
- You just found out that your parents are getting a divorce
How it works:
Divide the group into teams (I would recommend no more than five in a group and no less than two.)
Allow the teams to draw a slip of paper and discuss how they are going to act out the scenario. Make sure that they keep their discussions quiet so that the other team members don’t hear the scenario.
Have the group members role play the scenario while the other team guesses. After they have guessed the scenario, explore what all feelings someone might experience who is involved in this scenario. Be sure to encourage open discussion and ask lots of questions. Has this ever happened to you or someone you know? What would you do in this scenario? Can you identify where you feel this in your body (kicked in the gut, heart races, etc.)
Continue to role play until all of the scenarios are gone. If you have more time, you can have each group come up with their own scenario to role play.
This activity is a great way to encourage the group members to work together. It also allows the group members to explore emotions in a non-threatening way.