A good whole class warm up game- 'Balloon Race'- can be used to introduce the topic of 'symbolism'- play the game and then ask what could the balloon be if not a balloon. Include a red balloon and you can discuss the ideas for what red could represent e.g. anger/ love/ war. Also can be played to introduce the idea of 'blame', 'responsibility' etc.
− Whole class sits in a circle.
− Label them red/ blue alternately according to the colours of the balloon.
− Get the red team to put their hands up so they know which team they are on and repeat for the blues.
− Start with 2 balloons at opposite sides of the circle and shout 'go'.
− The students pass the balloon to their team mates in a clockwise direction. This can alternate on the next go.
− The aim is to catch up with the other balloon!
− More balloons can be added.