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Games to develop mime skills

1. What’s the Chair?

 

Place a chair in the centre of the circle and pupils take turns to mime what they imagine it to be:, for example:  a post box, a kitchen sink, a dog, a naughty schoolboy, a new car.

The person who guesses correctly takes their place in the middle.

2.  Kids take over

 

  • in a circle, walking on the spot
  • teacher makes a gesture, in time, that the everyone else imitates
  • continue for 8 beats or so, then shout the name of a pupil and they must change or add to the action
  • this can continue until the class and the teacher have warmed up

Another way of taking the impetus away from the teacher is to nominate different people to bring a warm up to each lesson (but have a standby ready just in case!).

 

 

3.  Alert Walking

 

Everyone moves around the space at a steady walking pace.  On a given signal they move in a directed style: Practise freezing also.  Ideas for walking styles:  slow motion, on the moon, in treacle, very hot shoes, on ice etc.

4.  What’s my job?

 

  • All sit in a circle.  Give everyone an occupation (e.g. policeman, astronaut, postman, teacher).  Use each occupation twice, and make sure the occupations are kept secret.
  • Pupils use the space to mime their own occupation.  Their task is to spot the person with the same occupation as them.  When they have done this they should approach their partner, and without speaking, check that they are both miming the same job.
  • They should sit down in their pair when they think they have found them.
  • The game continues until everybody is sitting down.  The teacher should check they are all correct at the end of the game!

.  Just a minute!

Another old favourite.

  • All sit in a circle.
  • Choose one person to be the first speaker.  (It helps to have a neutral timer too).
  • Give the speaker a topic to talk about (e.g. fruit, school, holidays, football).  The speaker’s aim is to   speak on that subject for 1 minute without hesitating, deviating or repeating themselves.
  • The rest of the class are free to challenge by putting their hands up and saying whether the speaker has hesitated, deviated etc.
  • If the judge (you!) decide the challenge is fair the speaker and the challenger swap places and the challenger has to try to keep talking until the minute is up.

Variation:  Split the class into teams and make it a competition for points.

2.  Voice warm up

  • All sit in a circle.
  • Give a simple statement such as ‘I like walking in summer’ or ‘Collecting all of the Pokemon cards is  difficult’.
  • Get everybody to repeat the statement a number of times (all at once).
  • Now ask them to say it different ways, for example as if:

­      You are talking to a toddler

­      You are shouting across the playground

­      You are bored of saying it so many times

­      You are coming around after an operation

Cool down games

  1. 1. Guard the keys
  • All sit in a circle

 

  • Choose one person to sit in middle of circle, blindfolded, with keys placed close to them.  Select others to creep up on the guard and try to steal the keys without being heard (you might need to set rules like they must go round the outside of the circle first).  If the guard points at the thief, they must sit down and someone else should try.  If a thief is successful, they change places with the guard.

2.  Chinese Mime

 

  • A variation of Chinese whispers!
  • All sit in a circle
  • Choose a pupil to begin the mime.  They should choose a short mime of a simple action, such as making a cup of tea or cleaning their teeth.
  • Everybody sits with their eyes closed (it helps if they are facing outwards to avoid the temptation of peeking!).  The first person taps the person on their right and shows them the mime, once.  The second person taps the person to their right and shows them the mime.  Once they have shown their mime they should close their eyes again!
  • Continue around the circle until the mime has reached the last person, seated to the left of the first person.  They show the final mime to the whole class, followed by the first person who shows the original mime.

3.  Pass the pencil!

  • All sit in a tight circle
  • Send one person out of the room to be the detective and give a pupil in the circle the pencil.
  • The detective comes back in and stands in the middle of the circle.  The pencil should be passed around the circle without the detective seeing it.  The detective has three goes at guessing who has the pencil.

Variation:  Make it easier with a smaller object or a tighter circle!  Make it harder with a larger object / circle.

For more ideas buy Drama Start Two Drama Activities and Plays for Children (ages 9 to 12) at amazon.com or amazon.co.uk or if you can buy the kindle version from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

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