Aim: To involve children in creative drama opportunities. To listen to and copy sounds and gestures. To practise miming and encourage imagination. To think about the qualities that make a good friend. For the children to think about what characterises each season. To practise miming. Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack CR-2-2
Script (below) for the leader
Activity 1 - Storm
Aim: To listen to and copy sounds and gestures.
The group build up a storm by joining in and copying the leader—led sound effects one by one. it builds to a crescendo and dies down to silence.
• It was still and quiet
• A gentle breeze was heard. (Leader rubs hands together. Children gradually join in.)
• The breeze grew louder. (Rub more vigorously)
• A patter of rain was heard. (tap hands on palms)
• It began to thunder. (Stamp feet)
• This is reversed, dropping one noise at a time until all is quiet
Activity 2 - Led By The Nose
Aim: To practise miming and encourage imagination.
Ask the children to imagine that they have a string attached to a certain body part e.g. the nose. They then have to move around the room as if being led by their nose. Then change instructions to being led by a different body part e.g. right thumb, nose, knees, eyelashes etc.
Activity 3 - The Lion King's Court
Aim: To think about the qualities that make a good friend.
Introduce the activity like this: “Everyone knows the Lion is King of the Jungle. But every good King needs a court A King needs to have people around him who are his friends, whom he can trust and upon whom he can rely. These people are called courtiers. What qualities should courtiers possess?”
Briefly discuss this question with the children. Try to encourage and guide them to come up with things like strong”, “brave”. helpful”, “kin&, “loyal” and clever. After the group accepts each new adjective, ask them to think about which animals exemplify each quality. (For example, elephants are strong and helpful, dogs are helpful and brave, cats are clever and brave, horses are loyal and helpful, etc.) Discuss the sort of animals who would make good courtiers until a fairly sizeable list has been generated.
• Now you will act out the selection of the King’s court. Each child chooses an animal to portray. (It need not necessarily be one that was mentioned earlier, although of course most will be.) The leader will be the ‘Lion King’ and call each “animal” forward. ‘“You, animal, Come forward into the presence of the King.” The animal moves forward. “What sort of animal are you?” The child announces what animal he or she is portraying. The
King replies “Why should I have a (blank) in my court?”.
• The child then states the qualities of his animal that make that animal good courtier material, The King responds, ‘Wonderful! You may join my court.’
• The child then joins you and sits facing the group. Obviously everyone must be invited to join-even snakes.
• You could end this session by having a parade of the King’s court, with each animal moving according to its way. Then the group "roars" each according to species-to announce the presence of the Royal Court.
This could tie in with a craft activity of making animal masks.
Activity 4 - Seasons and Weather
Aim: For the children to think about what characterises each season. To practise miming.
• Ask the children to think about the four seasons.
• What are some of the activities you do most in each season? (Going to school, playing football, raking leaves, etc. in the autumn; swimming, watching television, etc.)
• What kind of weather do we tend to have in each season? (Sunshine, thunderstorms. heat in Summer, fog, storms, snow, sleet, icy winds in Winter, friendly rain, warm in Spring.)
• Next ask the children to imagine it is autumn (for instance). They need to think of a typical activity for autumn and start acting it out When you call out, “weather!” each child chooses for them self which kind of weather typically happens in this season and acts it out. They can include sounds in this (e.g. for stormy weather).
• Repeat this with each season. You can call out “weather!” several times for each season and encourage the children to come up with different weathers for each season.
This could link to a theme/devotion on creation.
Activity 5 - No You Can't take me!
Aim: To encourage logical/argumentative skills. To encourage listening to each other.
Think of a number of body parts that the children would know (and are appropriate).
• Tell each child to ‘be’ a certain body part. You could tell them or have cards prepared for them with a picture of their body part. For example, one child might become a nose, another a lung, another a foot, and so on. Alternatively, you might ask the children to choose their own body part.
• Ask the children to stand in a certain area. A leader goes round and says , ‘Wow, this person’s body is SO complicated! I don’t think we need all these parts.” The leader walks up to one particular child and says: “I think I’m going to take THIS body part away.”
• The children must then think of reasons that their particular body part is important. A nose: “If you take me, you won’t be able to smell the flowers!” A foot: “Without me, you’d have to walk on your hands!” A heart: “If you take me away, how will you get your blood to your body?” An ear might say, “How could you hear anything?” or, “If you take me away, your hat will fall down over your eyes and you won’t be able to see!”
• Encourage the children to listen to each other’s responses. You could later ask them which argument they thought was most important.
• You could play this game with other topics, such as furniture or animals.
• This could be followed up with a devotional on 1 Corinthians 12, on how the different spiritual gifts work together like the parts of the body.