Claps are awesome! Claps make a lot of noise and a lot of noise is what you need to get the attention of children (and adults alike!). No wonder there are so many energisers and ice-breakers with claps.
Just last month, I learnt making rain with claps and it was a huge success when I did that after my art with heart session with kids. Ever since then I have done that with different groups, wherever I went volunteering or wherever I was in a group that needed a little entertainment and once even at the airport! 🙂 It was just 3 kids at the airport, so we didn’t make enough noise!
While I did post the steps of the rain clap energiser with the post, but recently I came across this amazing video where a group created rain storm with hand and feet motions on stage. This one is a more genuine rain storm than the rain clap energiser. Next time when I’m volunteering with a group of children I’m definitely trying this one!
Step-by-step for “Rain Storm” energiser
Everyone stands in a circle. Beginning with the leader, all the participants follow a series of motions like a wave creating the effect of a storm approaching, staying on and then drifting away. The participants join in one-by-one. You start after the person on your left has started. This way the sound builds and moves.
- Rub palms together (rising wind)
- Snap fingers (first drops of rain)
- Pat hands on thighs (harder rain)
- Pat hands on thighs & stomp feet on floor simultaneously (adding thunder to rain)
- Just pat hands on thighs (thunder moves on)
- Snap fingers (rain is stopping)
- Rub palms together (winds moving on)
- Put hands at your sides (storm moves on)
“And we just made rain!”