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Drama Games to develop concentration

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Concentration Games

The following concentration activities help children with their observation skills. One of the benefits of these games is that they can be played in a restricted space.

They help children to develop a sustained focus of the mind, body and voice, which also helps with general school life.

Game: Clap and tap

  • Difficulty rating: **
  • Minimum number of participants: 4
  • Resources needed: Clear space
  • Instructions: The children sit in a circle. The leader claps twice and taps a part of her/his body with both hands. For example, clap, clap, tap head; clap, clap, tap knees, and so on. The children follow what the leader does. It becomes more complicated and faster as the children get used to following the leader. If a child makes a mistake, s/he is out. The last one in can be the leader the next time.
  • Variation: The leader instructs the children that one clap means stand, two claps mean stand on one leg and three claps mean sit. The leader or one of the members of the group stands in the centre and claps instructions. The children must listen very carefully to the clapped instructions. If they fail to do the correct action, they are out.


Game: Tell it

  • Difficulty rating: ****
  • Minimum number of participants: 2
  • Resources needed: Clear space
  • Instructions: Divide the group into pairs. Both children must begin to tell a story at the same time. The object of this game is to see if the children can listen and talk at once. After a few minutes, the leader will shout “stop,” and each child tells the other child what they heard.

Game: Mirrors

  • Difficulty rating: ***
  • Minimum number of participants: 2
  • Resources needed: Clear space
  • Instructions: Divide the group into pairs: one child is A and the other is B. They must stand opposite each other. The leader explains that A is going to be the mirror and B is going to be looking into the mirror. B starts to do actions very slowly, and A has to copy what B does. The actions can get faster and faster. After a few minutes, they swap roles.

For more fun Drama games to improve concentration, buy Drama Start Two Drama Activities and Plays for Children (ages 9 to 12) at or or if you can buy the kindle version from or



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