Children who play games are more developed mentally and physically than those children who do not play. Acting games help children to develop socially and build confidence and ability into those children who are quite shy. Shy and introverted children can become more friendly and expressive through acting games. You could use this as the introduction to running a talent evening. Minimum of 4 required for this activity. Taken from the BB Juniors Pro Pack M-2-8
Required for activity 3 only
A few props which could include:
• Games controllers
• Magnifying glass
• Glasses Chocolate bar
• Remote control
Activity 1 - Being A Cat
Get the children to spread out in the room and do the following warm up exercises
• Stretch hands above heads — high — higher — reach for the sky
• Stand on tip toes — high — high — reach for the sky
• Lie on the floor and then come to standing in as fluid and flowing a movement as they can.
Then we start to think like a cat we begin by using hands as paws and moving in a way that a cat does. Get the children to explore moving around the room like a cat for a minute.
Then give them the following instructions —
• Stretch onto a tree or a couch and claw the tree or couch
• Wash yourself
• Get ready to attack a mouse
• Lie down and go to sleep in some sunlight
• Then we will think about the cats movements
• Waking up from sleep and stretching
• The cat sniffing around the garden
• Hearing a strange sound
• Arching its back
• Going into the house through a cat flap
• Eating from its bowl
• Then bring the session to a finish and ask some questions
• How did it feel to be like a cat?
• Was it easy or difficult?
You may wish to change the animal — to a tiger or a chicken. Walk around with the children and encourage them as they are being creative. This will be easier for some and others may find this does not suit them but encourage them to have a go.
Activity 2 - Crazy Machines
The idea is for the children to make a machine by each person coming up with a
So they may lie on the floor and move their feet whilst making a whistling Sound. But each member of the group has to attach their sound and movement to the others and make a machine.
Get each group to perform their machine and then make a group machine.
• Send one person into the middle first and they make an action and a sound.
• Then each child can go in one at a time to add to the giant machine and add their movement and Sound.
• Then they must continue until everyone is in the machine.
• Then get them to reach a crescendo and then you tell them to stop.
The activity can be repeated and each person needs to attach to some other part of the machine.
You can video this if you are able and show them afterwards how they did in building on each other’s ideas. Or you can take a picture of the final machine, it does look funny.
Activity 3 - The Prop Game
• The children in groups select a number of props.
• Tell each group that they must take their props and go away and come up with an idea for a short sketch, using the props they have been given.
• Give everyone 15 minutes to prepare and then say they will go one at a time and show the sketch to the group.
• They will need some encouragement during their preparation time and it is good if you can go around each group and help them to think about what they could do.
• Try to get everyone involved.
• If you have enough leaders allocate one leader to each group.
Visit the local theatre company or find out if the local school is running a play. See if you can visit backstage a production that is being run locally. If you approach the theatre they may be able to set that up for you.