Works well with any age. Good to use for stimulating imagination or for a calmingcool-down at the end of the session.
Ask everyone to spread out and then lay down facing the ceiling. Ask them to close their eyes and picture what you are about to say.
“You’re on a raft in the middle of a beautiful sea. The waves gently sway your raft. You can feel the sun on your face and a gentle breeze. You place your hand in the cold water and feel it drift like silk between your fingers…”
Add as many dimensions to the story as you like, are there fish in the water or a boat passing that rocks the raft gently – but try to keep your voice quiet and calming. End this game with a laugh such as “…a family seagulls flies over you and -UH OH – one pooed on your head!” This will break the spell, gets everyone laughing and is a great way to get them out of the relaxing/drama mode and back into reality.
We recently used a technique like during a drama workshop about The Tempest with Year 10 students at Harrow International School in Hong Kong. It led to some beautiful imagining by the students as to what Prospero’s island was like and what it was like for him to arrive on the island with his baby daughter.