THEATRE GAMES: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Icebreakers, Movement, Warm ups
At least 10
No more than 40

Learn each others names, and test memory skills, as a cast begins to work together as a team.

21,862 1309995242 Name Game
Improv, Warm ups
At least 10
No maximum

Students create stories and loosen up through making sounds to set the scene of the story described.

17,523 1309873251 Making Sounds
Concentration, Warm ups
At least 10
No maximum

A fun way for students to develop and appreciate vocal projection.

35,044 1309871659 Line Shouts
Improv
At least 2
No maximum

A warm-up improv game starting with gift-giving, both literally and through strong offers.

23,730 1309871138 I Got This Present For You!
At least 10
No more than 40

The Night at the Museum meets physical characterization! The museum has come to life but don't let the night guards see you or you'll be removed from the display and sent to storage.

24,154 1309870556 The Living Museum
At least 5
No more than 20

This activity builds cooperation and trust and is a great beginning activity for new casts and/or theatre groups.

34,174 1309542504 Together Concentration
Icebreakers, Team building
At least 5
No more than 10

This is an ice breaker game that really just helps the students get to know each other better and to further help the students develop social skills.

8,225 1309541705 Two Truths and a Lie
asolo
Icebreakers, Improv, Movement
At least 5
No more than 20

After selecting an index card notated with a simple sentence, a student will communicate the meaning of the sentence through the use of

nonsensical words, sounds, and/or pantomime- a fun way to learn how to express one’s self and specific thoughts without words.

13,992 1309423242 What Did You Say?
theatre_t
At least 10
No more than 40

"Duck, Duck, Goose" becomes an acting game when the "Goose" is replaced with anything the leader calls out.  A great game to break down inhibitions and introduce the concept of "always saying yes."

21,732 1308594171 Duck, Duck, ?
At least 5
No maximum

Handholding exercise used to facilitate a solid sense of ensemble.

7,998 1279031204 Circle Squeeze
Icebreakers
At least 10
No more than 20

Here is a great icebreaker game that students seem to love!  It's called "Neighbors"  The participants will stand in a circle.  One player is picked to be in the middle.  That person will approach a person in the circle, he will ask: "Do you like your neighbors?"  If the answer is no, the two people on either side of the person must switch places while the person who did the asking will attempt to take one of their spaces in the circle.  If the answer is "Yes, I like my neighbors" The person must then say "...but I don't like _________"  The _________ can be a silly yet appropriate choice such as "People who are wearing blue" or "People with open toed shoes".  At that point, all the people who are wearing blue or open toed shoes must switch places in the circle with someone else who has on blue or open toed shoes.  It's fun and a bit wacky. Gets people moving. 

9,052 1278674700 Neighbors
Kathleen Woods
At least 10
No maximum

YES! is a deceptively simple yet effective concentration and ensemble building game.  The game can be played with new groups or groups who know each other well.

20,798 1278600939 YES
LSpigel
At least 2
No more than 10

This is an opening for long form improvisation.  It uses audience suggestion and the imagination and physicality of the players.   Actors become inanimate objects as well as people, physically creating a setting as well as characters.

6,617 1278155805 We See
lmfriedman
At least 5
No more than 10

Today you are not going to portray your character... you are going to become someone elses character. 

4,890 1276559968 Lisa Friedman/Music Teacher, Musical Theatre Director
At least 5
No maximum

Students watch one another and imitate one another's physical actions.  The prompts for movement can be motivated or just fun improvisational.  Students can explore their physical instrument and expand the limits of their creativity.  (Also good for getting students (and directors!) to learn names of their fellow students.)

4,025 1276527417 Watch Lori!
Team building
At least 5
No more than 40

"Poison Peepers" is a variation of "Down/Up" and "Scream."  The big difference is that no one is eliminated.  It is a superb low-risk way to encourage vocal production and dramatic gesturing, and it's a lot of fun!

6,755 1276273795 Poison Peepers
Suzanne
At least 2
No maximum

Actors identify the animal and/or song that their character represents or reminds them of.  This can be seen throughout the play and/or for curtain calls.

2,880 1275047048 Identifying Characters by Animal or Song
Wendy_Duke
Improv
At least 10
No more than 40

Actors are cast as families with last names that inform how the family is to be played.  A salesperson or neighbor comes to the door and must adjust according to the family type.

3,378 1274387644 The Family Game
Icebreakers
At least 5
No maximum

This energetic warm-up will get your group focused, listening, limber, and "ready to roll".

10,236 1274382559 Twizzle
Icebreakers
At least 2
No maximum

Ask students to form a circle.

 

Ask each student to come up with a word to describe their day so far.  For example, exciting, boring, etc.   After each student says his or her word, the whole group repeats it. 

 

Then, ask each student to come up with one action to go along with their word.  After each student's word and action, the whole group repeats the word and action. 

 

After going around the circle a couple of times.  Have one student arbitrarily go to another student and, while facing them, say his/her word with the action.  The student who was chosen then repeats the word and action back to the first actor - as in mirroring him/her.  The second student then goes and chooses another student arbitrarily and says his original word with action.  At first, you have only one person at a time meeting another student.  Then, as it progresses more students are called upon to take their words and actions to other actors.  It is a game of focus and memory.

1,792 1269607034 Warmup - Describe your Day
At least 5
No more than 40

Students establish a instant spirit of ensemble by clapping in unison with the person to their left or right depending on the directing of the clapping wave. 

2,935 1268149834 Unison Clap
At least 2
No more than 2

This exercise allows students to create the characters, settings, and plots for their own improvisations. Depending on the age group, it is interesting to see how, inventive, humorous even silly, and/or dramatic the scenes can be.

3,487 1268134229 Student Prompted Improvisation
Team building
At least 5
No more than 20

To be the last student left to survive the “SUBJECT CHALLENGE”

2,457 1247226407 Name the Subject!
Icebreakers, Team building
Elementary School
At least 5
No more than 2

To build team work and solidify concepts for any subject given in prompts for this "quest".

1,958 1246533220 Quests
At least 2
No maximum

To mold students into shapes and have them use their creativity to name their creations.

2,214 1246532891 Sculpting Lumps of Clay
Improv, Team building, Warm ups
At least 5
No maximum

To complete a scene in three minutes using the standard 3 point storyline.

1,826 1246532687 Who-What-Where
Concentration, Improv
At least 5
No maximum

Helps students become more comfortable with thinking on their feet, having the confidence to be creative and staying in the moment.

3,077 1246532454 Add-On Story
Improv, Physical work
At least 2
No maximum

Engages two students in an improvisation that contains elements found in a well-written dramatic of comic scene containing conflict.

2,250 1246370142 Noah's Ark
Warm ups
At least 2
No maximum

Articulation exercises relax the mouth and is good practice for an actor's voice and characterization.

8,795 1246362127 Articulation Activities
At least 5
No more than 40

A trial of memory and improvization, this game allows for creativity and on the spot contribution to complete the alphabet.

 

 

2,516 1246290673 The Alphabet Game
At least 5
No more than 20

To develop improvisational skills, use creative imagination, analyze behavior and activities of others, and make appropriate dialogue choices by exchanging presents.

1,728 1246289419 Presents
Movement, Musical, Warm ups
At least 5
No more than 20

To get the class warmed up and in their bodies, while paying attention to their fellow participants.

3,754 1246284160 Indian Chief to a Beat
At least 5
No more than 20

A great warm up, to learn names of fellow cast members/classmates or to help build cooperation and teamwork.

3,570 1246283447 Group Juggle