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Drama Game: Exaggeration Circle


Nov 4, 2013 Drama Games , 7 Comments

exagType: Warm-Up, Break Out of Shell

Purpose:  A simple way to get some of even the shiest kids acting bold in front of the group.


1.  Players stand in a circle.

2.  One player starts a small gesture.

3.  The next player takes it over and makes it even bigger.

4.  This continues all the way around until the last person takes it to the EXTREME.

5.  After a couple times with just movement, tell the players they can add a sound as well.


–  Encourage the kids to never lose a sense of the original gesture in their exaggerations.

–  This can be a great lead in to character development, taking small traits and enhancing them to extremes.

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  • Nicole
    Nov 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm Reply

    I am so thankful for your site and all of these games. I live in a small community and I am launching our first drama club today after school…..I will be using this in one of our games! Let you know later how it goes.

  • Hannah
    Nov 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm Reply

    Thank you! I love this game! I am an acting assistant so this is a great game!

  • Carla Placido
    Feb 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm Reply

    What subject area and grade level does this game fit into? I really like it and would love to implement it in the future.

    1. bbbpress
      Feb 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm Reply

      I’ve used this game with kids from 1st to 8th grade. This is a great way to introduce kids to the idea that in theatre we often want to make things “bigger than life” or exaggerated. This helps us tell more interesting stories, and create more interesting characters.

  • Ruth
    Jul 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm Reply

    This is a really really really excellent site, thanks ever so much, you’ve helped us with so many new ideas

  • Derrick Chambers
    Feb 25, 2017 at 10:35 pm Reply

    I am an Improv teacher for students with Behavioral problems, and the first couple days were real head scratchers trying to get them to participate in the class activities, but since using your activities its been a real change in their attitudes and attention, thanks a lot for your site 5 stars all the way.

  • Jen
    Sep 21, 2019 at 1:51 am Reply

    Wow, love the sound of this game. I like how it starts small but you can take it much further as the participants get more relaxed. I’m going to try it with my public speaking class as a warm-up. They are very shy and self-conscious but I think this game and others on this site will really help to loosen them up.

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