Drama Games for Kids

Group Count (1 to 10)

Type:  Ensemble Building, Focus.

Procedure: 

  • Actors stand in circle and look at floor.
  • Any actor will start by saying “one.”
  • Any other actor will continue by saying “two” and so on until 10.
  • If two players say a number at the same time the group must start again at 1.

 

 

 

 


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Rain Storm

Kid in RainType:  Ensemble Building, Focus.

Procedure: 

  • Actors sit in circle.
  • Group learns varying levels of rain storm; 1. rubbing hands together 2. snapping 3. clapping 4. slapping thighs and 5. stomping on floor.
  • Actors close eyes and a leader starts with a rubbing sound and lets it pass from student to student until all students in circle are rubbing hands.
  • Then leader goes up to next level.
  • Once every one is stomping on the floor, leader starts bringing the storm down until everyone is rubbing their hands again.
  • Lastly each student follows the leader in stopping rubbing their hands until only one student is rubbing.


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Flock Dance (Variation of Mirror)

Type:  Ensemble Building, Focus.

Procedure: Flock Dance

  • Students stand in a big group (clump).
  • For the beginning, a leader is chosen who is in front of the group.
  • The leader starts slowly moving in a stylized walk or movement.
  • Everyone else follows the leader.
  • If the group’s direction changes, whoever is currently in the front of the group becomes the new leader.
  • As with the mirror exercise, it should never be obvious who is leading the flock.
  • The exercise continues until several kids have had the chance to lead the flock.


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Do You Love Your Neighbor?

Type:  Ensemble Building, Focus.

Procedure: 

Kids Chairs Neighbor

  • Arrange chairs in a circle; one chair per person playing, minus one.
  • One person stands in the middle of the circle and approaches a person sitting in the circle and asks: “Do you love your neighbor?”
  • If that person answers: “Yes, I love my neighbor,” the two people sitting on either side of him/her, quickly tries to exchange seats before the person in the middle sits in one of their chairs.
  • If they answer “No,” they continue with, “But, I love everyone who… __________” (i.e. …has brown eyes). Everyone in the circle with brown eyes finds a new chair.


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The Machine

Type:  Focus, Ensemble Building.

Kids Machine

Purpose:

  • Develops creativity, concentration, and group cooperation.

Procedure: 

  • Start with one student making a noise and a simple repeatable gesture.
  • When the student has a rhythm and another student has an idea for a movement which connects to the first gesture that student joins the first student by making a new noise and movement which connects to the original gesture.
  • Each student joins in with a new noise and gesture and connects to the others in some way until all students are involved in creating the machine.
  • Evaluation:
    • What did you imagine the machine you created was?
    • What was your part in making it?
    • How could we make the machine batter?
    • Was it difficult to keep your concentration until everyone was creating the machine?

VARIATION: Decide on a type of machine and then have everyone create it together- everyone starts at the same time.


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Who’s the Leader?

Type:  Ensemble Building, Focus.Who is the Leader?

Procedure: 

  • One actor leaves the room while the others stand in circle and choose a secret leader.
  • The leader will start with a repetitive motion that the others follow and the leader will slowly change the motion while the others follow without missing a beat.
  • The student from outside will come back in and try to figure out who the leader is.
  • He/she will only get two or three guesses.


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Mirror (4 Person Variation)

Type:  Ensemble Building, Focus.

Mirror ActivityPurpose:

  • A great way to get students aware of body movement and working together
  • It is best to do this after students have done some mirror exercises.

Procedure:

  • Students create four person circles (or squares, you could say) and assign numbers – 1, 2, 3, and 4 – to each student
  • You explain that you will call out a number. The person with that number will be the leader and will start moving SLOWLY so that the three other students can follow their moves.
  • The point is for the four students to look like they are moving as one – so that no one from the outside could tell who the leader is.
  • You will give each number about one minute to be the leader, coaching them on going more slowly and really being aware.
  • After one round, let the groups change the numbers again and open up a competition. You will again call out numbers – and change more quickly if they need a better challenge – as you and the other instructors walk around the room and try to guess who the leaders are.
  • Groups will be tapped out as you are able to figure out who is leading.
  • The last team standing wins.

Note:

  • Of course use your judgment in tapping out teams – trying to tap out teams that clearly are not in sync. If groups are really excellent, tell them that there is no leader – that they have to move as one without having any leader.


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Mirror

Mirror Drama GameType:  Ensemble Building, Focus.

Purpose:

  • A great way to get students aware of body movement and working together

Procedure: 

  • Pair students up and tell them to pick an A and B.
  • Tell A’s that they are looking in the mirror.  (Optional:  Tell them it is morning and they are getting ready for the day.)
  • Tell them to move VERY slowly.  B’s are the mirror and must follow A so closely that an observer would not be able to tell who is leading and who is following.  Encourage them to mirror not only body movement but also facial expression.
  • Have them switch after a minute or so.  Then tell them that neither is the leader or follower.  You will probably have tell them to go slower a few times.
  • Start again with A’s but this time tell them that they are talking to themselves in the mirror as B’s follow.  Again let them switch and then try it with no leader and no follower.

Note:  Check out the 4-person variation of this activity here. 


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One Word Story

Drama Game One Word StoryType:  Warm-up.

Purpose:

  • To work as a team.
  • To work on focus.

Materials:

A big enough space for the entire class to sit in a circle comfortably.

Procedure: 

Players sit in a circle. One person says a single word to begin a story. The person to his left says another word, then the next person says another word, continuing around the circle. The object is to tell a coherent story, one word at a time.

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Bippity Bippity Bop

Type:  Warm-up.

Purpose:

  • To be attentive and work on quick decision making.
  • Learn how to react quickly to an action.
  • To work on focus.
  • To raise comfortability of a group.
  • To get some energy out and HAVE FUN!

Materials:

A big enough space for the entire class to stand in a circle comfortably.

Procedure: 

  1. The entire class stands in a circle and the instructor stands in the middle of the circle.
  2. The first step, the instructor points at someone in the circle and says “bippity bippity bop” as fast as she can. The person being pointed at must say “bop” before she gets to the end of her phrase. If the teacher points to a student and only says “bop” and then the student should not respond. The goal of the teacher is it get the students to not say “bop” fast enough in the first case scenario or to say “bop” in the second.
  3. After this level is well understood by the whole group, it is time to add another dimension. If the teacher points to a student and says “Elephant”, the student must put one hand on his nose and the other arm through the hole his other arm is making (so it looks like an elephant trunk) and then make and elephant noise. The two students to his left and right must use both their arms to make elephant ears.
  4. Another layer, would be if the teacher pointed to a student and said “Jello”, the student being pointed at would have to wiggle around like jello (and make Jello noises) while the students on the left and right would put their arms around the jello to make the bowl.
  5. The final layer, is if the teacher points at a student and says “Godzilla” than the student must stomp in place and roar as if he was Godzilla while the student on the left and right must cower and scream.
  6. If you have time, you can add more in.
  7. Finally, if the class is getting the hang of the game and is able to go faster and faster, then you can add another twist. If one student messes up or does not do his/her action quick enough then they go into the middle of the circle and is now the one pointing out the actions.

Concerns:

  • There are many elements to this game and it could be difficult for some students to remember all of them.
  • The more complex this game gets, the older the student would need to be. I would say this game is for middle-school students and up.
  • This game might need to be altered for some handicap students.
  • Finally, this game could be a little noisy so making sure that you are in a environment that it would not be distracting is important. If the game is to loud, sticking to the quieter pantomimes is a good idea.

Source: 

High school drama teacher, Marilyn Markano, and on the website artswork.asu.edu.

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