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Drama Game: "Lap, Lap, Clap, Snap!"


Apr 11, 2013 Drama Games, Warm-Up , , , , 9 Comments

Screen Shot 2013-11-02 at 11.18.16 AMType: Warm-up.

Purpose:  Practice knowing everyone’s names and rhythm coordination.


1.  Sit on the floor in a big circle.

2.  Have everyone go around introducing their names.

3.  Teach the kids the main pattern, “Lap, Lap, Clap, Snap”. This is done by patting one’s legs with both hands twice in a row, clapping in front of you, and then snapping with both hands. Do it several times until everyone in the circle is comfortable with the rhythm.

4.  Then the game begins. The leader starts the action: “Lap, Lap, Clap, Snap.”  But instead of saying “Snap”, the leader then calls out the name of a person in the “snap”

5.  That person must then continue the pattern, calling out a different name in the place of the “snap”.

For example:

LEADER: Lap, Lap, Clap Sasha!
SASHA:  Lap, Lap, Clap, John!
JOHN: Lap, Lap, Clap, Linda!

6.  The trick is to never break the rhythm.  This will probably take some practice at first.  Practice until everyone gets comfortable with the pattern.

7.  After awhile, consider beginning an “elimination mode”. Any time the rhythm is broken, the person who broke the rhythm is out. The person sitting next to the one who missed should start the rhythm again.

8.  When everyone gets comfortable with the game, increase the fun by speeding up the rhythm.

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  • Amanda Noronha
    Sep 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm Reply

    Very interesting!!

  • Zenia Ahona
    Mar 1, 2014 at 12:39 am Reply

    What is the purpose of this activity?

    1. bbbpress
      Mar 1, 2014 at 1:02 am Reply

      It’s a fun way to help kids practice everyone’s name in the group. Also helps them think and react quickly!

    2. zenia ahona
      Jan 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm Reply

      it’s nice. I used it in my performing arts class.

  • IWinno
    Oct 21, 2015 at 5:56 pm Reply

    sounds like fun

  • IWinno
    Oct 21, 2015 at 6:02 pm Reply

    these games are going to be really helpful

  • miles simpson
    Jul 11, 2016 at 2:21 am Reply

    its amazing

  • hi
    Jul 11, 2016 at 2:31 am Reply

    its the best game especially for kids learning English and to communicate to other kids it has helped my kids socialise with other people

  • Ally
    Sep 20, 2016 at 8:48 am Reply

    I play it with my students, only instead of the first “clap” they say their own name, then , for the second “clap” the name of another student. It makes it harder, but more fun.

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