FAMILY FRIDAYS: ZOOM GAME 3

By Kelley Nelson, Community Partnership Manager

 

UPDATED 11:30 06/19/2020

A fun Zoom game of improv and expressing emotion for the whole family!

For 2 or more players    |    Ages 7+

THE GAME

Spaghetti is a game that explores emotion while practicing improvisation skills. Once you explain how the game works, it is led equally by all players. The game can be a short round or go on for 20 minutes or more. Spaghetti is a fun way for families to challenge each other to portray different qualities of emotion in their voices and bodies using a single word, spaghetti!

RULES OF PLAY

Player says another player’s first name, along with an emotion. That player says the word “Spaghetti” infused with the named emotion. Then they name another player with a new emotion. Take turns until each player gets a turn. REPEAT!

MATERIALS

Device to use Zoom platform

Friends and family who also have Zoom!

WHO CAN I PLAY IT WITH?

Your nephews, grandkids, or a youth group of young peers. This game works well for someone in the same physical room with you too!

THEATRE CONCEPTS

Improvisation- players respond with their voices and body without planning and idea in advance.

Realizing Another’s Idea- players bring other’s player’s prompts to life in surprising ways.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • Everyone has a different view of gallery mode on ZOOM, so using first names for each turn is a must so everyone knows whose turn is next.
  • COMMIT to your turn. Your turn begins as soon as you’re given your emotion. Use every second and breath to demonstrate your emotion. Body language goes a long way in this game. You’re showing your emotion before and after you say “spaghetti”.
  • Challenge each other to use complex emotions or feelings. Once you move through simple emotions with polarities (happy/sad), think about emotions that are more complex or very specific. Curious spaghetti? What could complex emotions like remorse, awe, gratitude or jealousy look like? 
  • Once the game has gone on for a while, you can add other prompts like performance styles or even characters (beat-box, opera, like a vampire)!

WANT TO LEARN MORE GAMES?

SteppingStone Theatre’s Virtual Studio summer programs use theatre games to introduce performance skills and engage learners across ZOOM. Young people will come together with their peers to explore stories and play in an interactive, online classroom. We hope you can join us!