Game: The Hungry Tree
· Age: 5+
· Minimum number of participants: 3
· Resources needed: Clear space.
· Other Benefits: This is an excellent introduction to improvisation as the children are free to explore their imaginations. It also helps with their coordination skills.
· Instructions: The teacher tells the children the following story and they have to improvise the movements in the story. The teacher gets the children to imagine they are an adventurer who wants to go on an adventure. They have to pack up their bags. The teacher asks what they need in the bags. Children’s answers are usually for example water, sandwiches, sun cream, and sunglasses and so on. The children mime putting all these essentials into their bag and then mime all the actions in the adventure below. The teacher says imagine you are walking quickly because you are so happy to be on your adventure. You see a mountain and decide you should climb it. The sun is getting hotter and hotter and you are getting tired. You get very, very tired. You wipe your brow to show how tired you are. You begin to climb slower and slower. You are very thirsty. You take out your water and take a drink. You put it back in your bag and climb the rest of the way up the mountain. Eventually you get to the top. You are exhausted, very hot and very hungry. You decide it is time for your picnic. You see a lovely tree and you go and sit under its shade. You eat your picnic and go for a nap. Then suddenly you wake up and see the tree moving towards you. The tree grabs you and you realise it is a very hungry tree and wants to eat you. You scream. You struggle. You fight the branches but you are getting weaker and weaker. Then suddenly the tree stops fighting for a moment. You get your chance to escape. You quickly grab your bag, and run back down the mountain. You get to the end and you don’t stop in case the hungry tree is running after you. You run all the way home, lock all the doors and hide under the table.
Movement is about expressing yourself physically. The movement games below improve a child’s flexibility, co-ordination, balance and control. The games are also an excellent way for children to explore body language, by practising and observing, and also to learn how to walk like a specific character.
Mime is an integral part of Drama and the activities in this section enable the children to improve their mime skills. Children often find mine easier because they don’t have to speak.
Game: Movement sequences
Difficulty rating: *
Minimum number of participants: 2
Resources needed: Large space
Instructions: The leader talks to the children about different ways of moving. Ask them to call out different ways people move.
Examples to get you started include:
o walking sideways
o walking backwards
The children will come up with many more. When they have moved in all the different ways, the leader calls out movement sequences such as:
o walk – jump – twirl – tumble
o spin – hop – skip – gallop
Give the children a chance to be the leader and to call out their own movement sequences.
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