This improv game is in the following improv game categories:
Great warm-up exercise that helps you blank your mind. Good for control freaks.
Players stand in pairs and give each other presents. To give a present, you
just open your arms/hands to indicate you`re holding something. Don`t try
to think about what you`re holding, but give it to your companion.
Upon receiving the present, you give it a name, the first thing that comes to
mind. You say something like `Oh, thanks, a little dead bird`. You promptly
ignore your present and return something else to your companion.
This game works best if it`s played fast, so players really don`t have the
time to preconceive. It`s also nice and positive, as everybody is always
extremely happy with their presents, no matter what they are.
If players complain they always receive the same present ("It`s always a book")
tell them this is quite ok - they should be happy to receive so many books. See
also Spontaneity for related games.