One of the things we have to hammer home time and time again to the children is ‘be a little louder’ and we find ourselves saying time and time again; ‘speak up, project, we can’t hear you at the back!’
So here are a few child friendly projection exercises that we use in Sense Theatre classes to encourage the children to speak up and speak out:
1. Take a deep breathe and start to say the alphabet from A to Z- start off whispering and gradually get louder and louder until you are the loudest you can be by the time you get to Z.
2. In pairs; stand face to face. Recite the lines- “Floppy Fluffy Puppies” start at normal speaking volume for the first few times. Then take a step backwards and say the lines a little louder, step back again and get louder. Take it in turns to say the lines and with each step back get louder and louder, only take another step back when you can both hear eachother.
3. Humm on a neutral easy note on a ‘mmmm’ sound. After a couple of seconds open up your mouth and make one of the vowel sounds- work your way through A, E, I, O, U
They should sound like:
A = Ma
E = Me
I = My
O = Mo
U = Moo
4. Try some tongue twisters so that you can really get your mouth around the words so that people can understand every word that you’re saying. Try:
* ‘Unique New York, New York Unique, I love unique New York’
* ‘Many Men Munch Many Melons’
* ‘Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry’
* ‘She sells sea shells on the sea shore, the sea shells she sells are sea shells for sure’
5. In pairs improvise the following conversations:
* You are climbing a tree, you get to the top and get stuck. You need to tell your friend who is in the field below picking flowers to come and help you. The friend needs to try and tell you how to get down.
* You are giving someone/ asking for directions in a blizzard.
* Two people who are very hard of hearing are trying to order a meal in a resturant.