Drama Games for Kids

Whoosh!

Whoosh

Type:  Warm-Up.

Procedure: 

  • Everybody stands in a circle.
  • Start with one person, who waves both hands to his/her neighbor, saying `Whoosh`.
  • The next person passes the Whoosh to his neighbor, and that way the Whoosh is passed around the circle.
  • There’s 4 other sounds/movements that can be made:
  • Whoa!:  indicated by saying “whoa”, and holding up both hands in a stop motion. A “Whoa” changes the direction of the Whoosh.
  • “Zap”: instead of passing the Whoosh to your neighbor, it gets zapped to the person you point to with your hands clapped together. The receiver continues with either a Whoosh to his neighbor, or another Zap to another person. A “Whoa” after a Zap returns to the Zapper.
  • “Groooooooovelicious`: for this one the whole group bends down and up again in a kinda groovy way, all saying Groooooooovelicious. Afterwards, the person who started the Groovelicious sets the Whoosh in motion again, in any direction.
  • “Freakout”: indicated by waving both hands in the air. Everybody starts screaming and moves to the center of the circle. When everybody`s freaked out a new circle is formed, and the starter of the Freakout sets the Whoosh in motion again.

Variations:

  • You can invent other sounds and gestures.
  • Begin an elimination mode in which kids that mess up must sit down, till there’s only two people left standing.


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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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“Lap, Lap, Clap, Snap!”

Type:  Warm-up.

Name Game DramaPurpose:

  • Practice knowing everyone’s names
  • Rhythm Recognition

Procedure:

  • Sit on the floor in a big circle.
  • One person starts the action: “Lap, Lap, Clap, Snap.”  This is done by patting one’s legs with both hands, clapping in front of you, and then snapping with both hands. Do it several times until everyone in the circle is comfortable with the rhythm.
  • The leader then calls out the name of a person in the “snap,” and that person has to call out a different name on the next snap, etc.
  • Any time the rhythm is broken, the person who broke the rhythm is out. The person sitting next to the one who missed should start the rhythm again. Repeat it several times until everyone is comfortable with it, and on “snap” calls out a name, etc.
  • When everyone gets comfortable with the game, increase the fun by speeding up the rhythm.

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Passed Around (Trust Exercise #3)

Drama GameType:  Ensemble Building.

Purpose:

  • Encourage comfortability among the group.
  • Encourage trust.

Procedure: 

  • Arrange the students in close circles (6-8 students at most).
  • One brave volunteer goes to the middle, arms crossed over chest.
  • When the student is ready, they may fall forward or backward and then be gently ‘passed’ around the circle.
  • Keep the circle in very tight to begin with so students can be passed slowly.
  • Still insist on all students being in “ready balanced position” at all times.
  • Really encourage every student to go – this is key for creating a group that feels equally involved and responsible for one another.

Reflection:

  • What did it feel like to rely on someone else? To be responsible for someone else?

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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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Exploring the Space

Kids Exploring SpaceType: Ensemble Building, Warm-Up

Purpose:

  • To get students familiar with their environment
  • To get students to work together as a group

Materials:

A big enough space for the entire class to walk around comfortably.

Procedure: 

  • Ask the students to spread across the room.
  • Tell them when you tell them to they will start walking around the space.
  • As they walk they should try to cover the space, making sure that they are evenly spread across the floor.
  • They should be aware of each other but should not speak or communicate in any way.
  • They should try to keep in motion at all times but be careful not to touch anyone.
  • Tell them go.
  • As they walk tell them that you will tell them to stop –  at which point they should all freeze.
  • Let them get used to walking and stopping.
  • The cover the space activity has many variations:
  • Students can cover the space in pairs or in threes.
  • You can ask them to vary their speed giving them instructions to walk at a 1 pace to 10 pace, 10 being the fastest.
  • You can ask them once they have stopped to make different shapes with others, for example one square, 2 triangles.
  • You can ask them to form groups based on the colors they are wearing, or the colors of their eyes, or the type of top they are wearing, or the type of music they listen to.
  • These are all silent activities – it is always interesting to see how students figure out how to arrange themselves by taste in music without talking.
  • You can play around with any of these variations that all teach teamwork, awareness and communication,

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