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Theatre Game of the Week #429-9-13

Emotion is the basis for all acting. This game is called Emotion Party and is a great way for kids to tap into their emotions in a fun way. Go over emotions before the game to make sure students understand there are other feelings than sad and happy.


Theatre Game of the Week #4126-8-13

We're bring back Theatre Game of the Week with one of my personal faves, Ghost. This is a great game for calming down groups with a lot of noisy energy.


Mama 'Mendations5-8-13

Our latest article on Sassy Mama is up! Hope all our Mama readers have been surviving this long rainy summer. Nothing is worse than a rainy summer with bored kids.


Theatre Game of the Week #4022-7-13

I like to play this game with kids that are a bit older. Maybe in P5 or as a summer camp game when they're starting Secondary School. It's a good way for you to asess their English level while still having fun. It's kinda like the board game Taboo. It does take a little bit of pre-class prep though. You'll need to make index cards with random English words on them.


Theatre Game of the Week #3915-7-13

Release the Hounds is my go to game at the end of a long day and the classroom needs to be cleaned. This is an arduous task that no student wants to participate in but sometimes after you've been trapped in a classroom for 5-6 hours the room can be a wreck. I use this game to make returning the classroom to its original state fun.


Theatre Game of the Week #389-7-13

This might be one of the most fun games to play! But as a fair warning it's very silly. FFEACH is a charades race and the categories are Fast Foods, Electrical Appliances, and Cartoon Heroes. Teams compete against each other to complete a predetermined list of items that you made before class started.


Theatre Game of the Week #372-7-13

This game is called balloon charades. I was taught it as a camp counselor but I have used it in the Drama classroom with primary aged kids to help reinforce basic vocabulary during summer months. It's a super fun way to play with nouns, verbs and adjectives.


Theatre Game of the Week #3624-6-13

Teamwork is an essential drama element. This game is called The People Machine. I use it for the teamwork section of a curriculum and also as an acting exercise when I direct shows that have any industrial elements in them.


Theatre Game of the Week #3517-6-13

This game is a physical acting game where you act out occupations. It's great when they're learning about jobs. It works best with large groups when you have a lot of space to run around in. It's a great game for orientation weeks or on field trip days when you get to play around outside.


Theatre Game of the Week #3410-6-13

This is a great game for secondary school kids or if you're teaching improv to university level students. They have to have a really good gasp of English to play and be able to respond quickly to questions. This is a great improv prep game for exam time when you're working on the concept of good responses and bad responses. It's based off of a game on the tv show, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"


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