Introduction: Some children are good at working in groups and others are more focused on working alone. A drama activity will help children to learn to be part of a group and how to work with other children. Most
activities will involve the cooperation of all the children. Drama activities can build self confidence which is something that most children can benefit from, even for those who appear to be quite sure of themselves. Taken from the BB Juniors Pro Pack C-2-5
Activity 1 - Tell The Story
To get the group to work together to tell a story, one word or one sentence at a time. The activity will encourage creativity. help develop listening and storytelling skills and build the group dynamic.
• Get the children to sit in a circle.
• The story is started by one child and they start with one word.
• Each person in turn then adds one word.
• You can start the story with once - upon - a — time or In — the — beginning — or something similar.
• Get the children to respond promptly after the previous child to keep the flow of the story going.
• Some children will take their opportunity to make the story silly but you can let the children enjoy the fun and then restart using a sentence at a time.
• If the group is too big, divide up into smaller groups. This ensures that people are more attentive; although you should make sure everyone is included.
• Try playing the game in pairs, where both participants act the story out as it is told, In this case, tell the story in the present tense and as ‘we’. For example, ‘We are - climbing - a - mountain.- Look - a -giant -spider - coming- towards us. Quick - run!’ You can soon create an adventure story in this way. You can also use the one word at a time technique to create characters made up by two or more people - great fun for interview scenes!
A variation is to throw a ball round the circle so that each person that catches the ball says the next word.
Activity 2 - Mirror Images
Aim: To concentrate on a partners actions.
• Put all the children into pairs.
• They should then stand opposite each other.
• One is A and the other is B
• A will create a movement and B will follow.
• Start with simple hand actions and let them slowly move on to more complicated movements.
• They can mime washing their hands, cleaning teeth, brushing hair, putting clothes on, eating etc etc.
• After a few minutes get the children to swap around and B will initiate the mime.
• Get them to swap over a few times to keep interest.
Activity 3 - Super Scenario Machine
To get the children thinking creatively and to act out scenarios as an ensemble.
• This is a good activity for generating creative thinking and physical movement
• Explain to the group that they are going to create a machine around a topic.
• Give the children a scenario and let them each think of an action and a sound that is linked to the theme.
• Invite anyone to start and to walk into the middle of the circle and to start their action and sound
• Then let the children join in one by one. The actions and sounds are repeated as in a machine.
• Allow the children to connect to each other if they choose and link their action and sound together.
• Examples could be a supermarket — scanning items, pushing a trolley and saying woosh, stacking shelves, calling for a spillage in aisle 7.
• Some children may choose not to join in — you could make suggestions for them to carry out.
Other themes: At an ice rink, Christmas morning, at the doctors, at the dentist, eating a meal.