SAMPLE GAME: WHAT’S THAT SMELL?
Concentration drama games challenge the students observation skills, teach them to use all their senses and of course, require concentration. Again these are good games if you have a restricted space to work in. Easy to play in a normal classroom.
The sample game, What’s That Smell? does require a bit of preparation, but you can always engage the class in this preparation, they tend to love searching for different items to use. In the kit, Top 50 Drama Games Unpacked, What’s That Sound? requires a similar amount of preparation, and again the students love to play a part, The other drama games in this section are Total Recall, No Questions Please, and Banned Word.
WHAT’S THAT SMELL?
The first part of this game involves several lidded jars which contain objects with distinct smells inside them. Students sit in a circle and are given a jar each. They close their eyes or are blindfolded and open the jar, then focus on the smell. Go around the circle getting them to describe the smell, what it reminds them of, if it’s pleasant or not etc without naming what they think it is. They re-lid the jar and pass the jars around the circle half a dozen places. They repeat the smelling and describing. They pass two more times, so they end up smelling four different jars. At the end they write down what they think was in their four jars. Check answers.
The second part involves using some of their “scents” in an improvised scene. Students pair up or get into groups of three and using one or more of the scents on their lists they create a short scene. In the scene the players need to be affected by the smell, or the smell causes a change in the storyline in some way. The scent is a focal point of the scene.
With younger students it is a good idea to prepare with a lesson on smells, favourite smells, worst smells ever, all the things they sniffed this morning, words to describe smells etc.
With older students, sometimes they like to bring the jar in with their chosen scent. Remind them it can’t be offensive or toxic. Check jars so no unwelcome surprises. Check children with allergies and to make sure all scents are non-toxic. With the improvisation, offer examples to start them off “wake up and you can smell smoke so you realise there is a fire in the house” or it’s burnt toast so dad must be making breakfast.
LIST OF IDEAS
Scents they could be put in sealed jars are listed. Good idea place most in the jar close to the class time and a few just before class so smells are fresh. Don’t need a lot in the jar, often a spoonful suffices.
POSSIBLE JAR CONTENTS
Pieces of chocolate
Freshly baked cookie or cake
Aftershave or perfume on a card
Licorice/ black jelly beans
Pool water (chlorinated)
Ground coffee beans
Blue vein cheese
New leather (scrap piece)
Vicks Vapor Rub
Body odour on a piece of cloth
Mouldy old damp cloth
Dust from vacuum cleaner