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Exploring Emotions through Drama

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Title: Exploring Emotions

Age Range: 8-12 years

Duration: 60 minutes

Objective: To explore different emotions through drama and creative expression.

Materials Needed: Paper, pens/pencils, a large open space for movement, a music player

Warm-Up (5 minutes)

  1. Have the children stand in a circle.
  2. Explain that the warm-up activity is called “Emotion Tag.”
  3. One person will start by saying an emotion, such as “happy,” and then tag someone else in the circle.
  4. The person who was tagged must then express that emotion through movement, sound, or facial expression.
  5. The game continues with different emotions being called out and expressed until everyone in the circle has had a turn.

Activity 1 – Emotion Portraits (20 minutes)

  1. Give each child a piece of paper and ask them to fold it in half.
  2. Instruct the children to draw a self-portrait on one side of the paper.
  3. On the other side of the paper, ask them to draw their face expressing a certain emotion, such as anger, sadness, or joy.
  4. Once the portraits are complete, have the children share their emotion portraits with the group and explain why they chose that particular emotion.

Activity 2 – Emotion Walk (15 minutes)

  1. Ask the children to stand in a line.
  2. Play music and instruct the children to walk around the room, expressing a certain emotion through their body language and facial expressions.
  3. After a few minutes, stop the music and call out a new emotion for the children to express.
  4. Repeat the activity with different emotions.

Activity 3 – Emotion Scenes (20 minutes)

  1. Divide the children into pairs.
  2. Assign each pair an emotion, such as jealousy, fear, or excitement.
  3. Instruct the pairs to create a short scene that portrays their assigned emotion without using any dialogue.
  4. After a few minutes of rehearsal time, have the pairs perform their scenes for the group.
  5. Encourage the other children to guess the emotion being portrayed.

Closing (5 minutes)

  1. Gather the children together in a circle.
  2. Ask them to share one new thing they learned about emotions from the workshop.
  3. Remind them that emotions are a normal and important part of life, and that expressing them in healthy ways can help us to feel better.
  4. Thank the children for participating and dismiss them.


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