Drama games can involve students in pairs or collectively in groups. These games will help the child feel more comfortable about participating in a group setting, when being in front of the class makes him feel nervous or anxious. Those students who are shy can be gradually drawn out into greater roles as drama games build social skills and confidence.
The Teacher's Cat
Ask the students to sit in a circle. Give the sentence example, "The teacher's cat is an _ cat." The adjective should start with the letter "A." Explain to the students that the next adjective letter should start with "B." Have them use the sentence around the circle. This is an ice-breaking game.
Group the students in sets of two. If you have an odd number of students, one group can have three. The teacher asks the students to face each other and mimic what the designated lead student is doing. The students take turns being the lead or mirror. This gives everyone an equal role in the class.
What Was The Question?
Ask two students to stand in front of the class. The activity requires that the students talk to one another only in questions. Giving the children a theme, such as going to the doctor's office, facilitates the situation. The activity is an exercise in dialogue.
Accept, Change, Pass
A student pretends to take an imaginary object from a box. The child uses this unseen object and passes it to the next student who pretends it is a different object. The activity helps to kick start the imaginative process for the children.
Blob is another warm-up game. The children stand in a circle. One student is the "Blob." This child chases the other students. Any child that the Blob catches becomes part of the entity until all the students are part of the Blob. The activity is a way to get out the pent-up energy of the school day so the students can focus.
Tug of War
Put a piece of duct or other reflective tape on the floor. Divide the class into two even sides on opposite sides of the tape. Ask the students to imagine that they are involved in a game of tug of war. The activity helps students with body dynamics and relating to the physical space around them.
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