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Drama Game: The Machine


Apr 17, 2013 Drama Games, Ensemble Building, Focus , , , , 5 Comments

Type:  Focus, Ensemble Building.

Kids Machine

Purpose: Develops creativity, concentration, and group cooperation.


1.  Start with one student making a noise and a simple repeatable gesture.

2.  When the student has a rhythm and another student has an idea for a movement which connects to the first gesture that student joins the first student by making a new noise and movement which connects to the original gesture.

3.  Each student joins in with a new noise and gesture and connects to the others in some way until all students are involved in creating the machine.


–  What did you imagine the machine you created was?

–  What was your part in making it?

–  How could we make the machine batter?

–  Was it difficult to keep your concentration until everyone was creating the machine?

VARIATION: Decide on a type of machine and then have everyone create it together- everyone starts at the same time.



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  • Anna
    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:08 am Reply

    I love your blog. It is very helpful. I will try some of your exercises with my little students. I will let you know. Best. Anna

    1. bbbpress
      Sep 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm Reply

      Thanks Anna, please do.

  • Jo
    Aug 19, 2015 at 4:01 pm Reply

    This is exactly the sort of thing I was looking for! I work with children 2-4years and was thinking to adapt it mire to their age range maybe give them guidance to do something for example child A, can you be a wheel, child b can you be a pole. Do you think this would work and for the more outgoing children let them be a part they want to be, or something? :)

    1. bbbpress
      Aug 20, 2015 at 10:04 am Reply

      Hi Jo, I think it’s a great idea to give the littler kids more guidance in the beginning. Then once you feel they’re comfortable, giving them a chance to create their own part.

  • walter
    Sep 27, 2018 at 10:30 am Reply

    This article didnt give me no information about the topic i needed

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