Creative Drama Activities: Grades Preschool - 1
Objective: To practice focus and using the body.
Procedure: Students must do exactly as "Shark
Says." In this variation on "Simon Says," no student
has to be "out." Teacher uses motions inspired by sharks
or other animals in the food chain.
- Students sit or stand in circle (pre-schoolers focus better
on activity when sitting)
- Teacher becomes the "Shark" and stands in center
- "Shark" gives instructions (i.e. "Shark says:
Show me your shark teeth", "Shark says: Bite like a
shark", "Shark says: Make claws like a crab")
- Encourage students to use their imagination
- Reinforce the individuality of each students' motion
Note: This activity is designed to warm up the body
and imagination. It is low-risk to ensure the success of every
student. To build on this activity, add emotions to the animal
movements. For example: Shark says, "Snap your claws like
an angry lobster."
- What was your favorite movement?
- What does a shark/crab/octopus/etc. like to do?
- What ocean animal would you like to be and why?
- Beneath the Ocean Blue: Creative Drama Activities
Objective: To practice focus and hand-eye coordination.
Procedure: Class follows teacher in a silent mirror
activity using motions inspired by fishes or fishing.
- Teacher sits on chair in front of class seated on floor
- Students must follow teacher's movements carefully and quietly
- Teacher should move slowly enough to encourage good focus
- Be creative with the upper body movements
- Incorporate exaggerated facial expressions
Suggestions: Start with sinuous hand movements that
represent fishes. Next, pantomime casting a fishing pole and
pretend to catch something. Make big facial expressions (i.e.
surprise, excitement) that the students can also mirror. Being
seated helps the class to remain focused.
- Go over the idea of "focus" or "paying attention."
- Ask for suggestions from the class for movements inspired
A DOLPHIN LEAPS
Objective: To practice focus and expression through
Procedure: Class follows teacher in a dramatization
of a poem inspired by dolphins, whales, or other marine mammals.
- Teacher reads poem to class:
A Dolphin Leaps
A dolphin leaps and leaps for joy
He swishes his tail to say good-bye
He dives beneath the ocean blue
He is so different from me and you
A dolphin swims and catches fish
They really are his favorite dish!
He is so happy to be free
To leap and play in the clear, blue sea
- Students try out movements suggested in poem
- Students practice movements while teacher reads poem
- Students perform while teacher reads
- If time, videotape students performing
- If poem is brief, students can also recite while doing movements
Suggestions: Making up short poems is a wonderful class
- How do other animals move?
- How does a crab or seal move?
- What does your favorite animal like to do?