Are you a drama teacher looking for drama games, exercises or lesson plan ideas for your acting class? MB shares 5 fun drama activities you may use.
Keep in mind that it’s always a great idea to participate along with your young actors. When they see their own teacher having fun and getting in the mix, it brings about inspiration and better communication amongst everyone involved as a collective.
- Quick Tip: When explaining an exercise/activity to your class, keep it short and simple. This helps to keep the interest up without too much talk leading up to the game.
5 Fun Drama Activities for Kids and Teens
Pass The Sound, Pass The Movement
This is a really fun activity. Have all your students stand in a circle keeping a minimum of a few feet between each of them. You can participate in this one and start things off. You make a sound and a movement. It doesn’t matter what it is, whatever comes to your mind you act on it. It can be a shout and a jump. The person standing next to you must repeat what you did, followed by the next until the entire circle passes it along getting back to you. The next person must not think and let out a noise and movement just as you did and repeat the process.
Keep in mind that the class must do this as fast as possible. This will bring about much energy and fun for the activity.
Objective: Wonderful for observation, communication and breaking shyness.
Jump In, Jump Out
This is great to warm your class up. Everyone forms a circle facing center and holds hands. There are only four basic commands that you as a teacher will shout out. Jump in, jump out, jump left, jump right. Your students must repeat what you say out-loud. Increase your commands by going faster and faster and bring it to a playful peak, being mindful of not going too fast.
Objective: A good team warm up builder. Helps with listening and physical control.
Doo, Doo, Daa, Daa
This exercise has a bit of a musical sense to it. The teacher acts as the conductor. Doo, Doo, Daa, Daa is four beats. Vocalize by singing the phrases “Doo, Doo, Daa, Daa” and on each worded phrase you make a gesture. So, for the first Doo you may stick out your hand, on the second Doo, you may stick out your leg. On the Daa you may jump and on the second Daa you made cross your arms. Each movement must be imitated by the group. You can clap on the Doo and snap your fingers on the Daas to get started and build the rhythm. Keep it simple and get a good warm up from it.
Objective: Fun for getting a quick start on communication through melody and movement.
For this exercise you will need a stop watch. Divide your students in two two team groups. This activity works best if the same number of people are in each group. Both groups will compete to see who can say the totality of their names the fastest, according to the stop watch. Each person is responsible for saying only their own name once when their turn comes up. They must say their name as fast as they possibly can. Whichever group is fastest, wins.
Have your acting students use a blind fold for this exercise. It’s a good idea to have this activity done within a reasonably large open space, like a gymnasium if possible or something similar in scope. All your actors must form a conga styled line. Each actor is blindfolded except for the very last person, who is not blindfolded. The last person must steer the direction of the entire line without verbal communication. Communication is done by tapping the right or left shoulder to move in the direction of right and left. When a persons shoulder gets tapped, that same person must then tap the same shoulder side of the person in front of them. This signals the direction. Both shoulders simultaneously tapped means to stop. Tapping the back of the head gently means to bend down. Finally, tapping the center of the back means to move backward.
Once the 5 direction signals are understood, the next element is leading the person in front of the line to locate an object on the floor and once found to place that object in a bucket. When the object is found and placed in a bucket, the actor in front of the line may remove their blindfold and move to the back of the line, next to be responsible for directing the first person in line. The process repeats until all objects are found and placed in bucket.
Objective: This exercise is probably one of the more challenging ones and is great for team building, instinct and communication.
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