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Drama GAMES for KIDS

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Here you’ll find the most comprehensive resource of drama games for kids and teaching drama tips.

Drama games are an important part of any drama curriculum because they can teach valuable theatre skills while allowing students to have fun, build confidence, stretch their imagination and grow as an ensemble.

Our goal is to provide you with the very best activities that will help make your drama club spark to life. Check back often as we’ll be updating regularly.

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Looking for a children’s musical for your upcoming camp or school year? Check out our selection of award-winning, high-quality plays for kids to perform.

We’re dedicated to helping you with everything drama-related. If you have a comment or a question, leave it below or send us an email and we’ll respond the best we can!


  • Joanne Ryan
    Jun 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

    your site is amazing and is going to make summer camp so much fun for all my students! Thank you!

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      Jul 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm Reply

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  • Meg
    Sep 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm Reply

    I’m preparing a game for a class of around 25, 14-15 year old’s what game would you suggest.

    Thank you


    1. bbbpress
      Sep 9, 2013 at 5:45 pm Reply

      I’d recommend games in the creativity/improv category. Perhaps start with something easy like “On the spot” or “Stream of Consciousness”, then into the “Expert” and “Talk Show Expert”, then maybe more long form games like “Emotion Party”, “Status” and “Grab a Slip”. These types of games seem to work really well with that age group. The trickiest part is encouraging them not to just go for an easy laugh (although that’s fine in the beginning) but instead to let the comedy come from believable, unique characters.

  • Ara
    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Hi there,

    I am teaching a group of 3-4 year olds. It is my first time teaching this age group. We are supposed to be a ‘theatre’ class, but I’m finding it very difficult to adapt the games I know to their level (they can’t do ‘what are you doing?’). Any suggestions?

    1. bbbpress
      Sep 30, 2013 at 2:45 am Reply

      Hi Ara, you’re right, most of these games are definitely intended for kids 6 and up. For kids 3-4, I’d maybe recommend some super simple story games. Perhaps you could read a story, and choose kids to help “act out” the characters. You could point to a child here and there and ask them to say one line as “the character”. Or even just make a sound as that character. By narrating and having the kids react to the different emotions of the story, it’ll be a good primer for when they start doing more serious games. There’s also a lot of simple songs and call-and-response activities that I’m sure they’d enjoy.

    2. Mara
      Nov 3, 2013 at 2:21 am Reply

      For 3-4 yr olds, I’ve found they can do What Are You Doing? if you change the question to What Should I Do? And if you do some full group practice of pretending to do do simple, everyday tasks.

    3. bbbpress
      Oct 14, 2015 at 9:47 am Reply

      Hi Ara, you spoke and we listened. We just released a NEW resource that is completely dedicated to teaching kids 3-7 years old. You can check it out here:

      1. Roser
        Sep 7, 2016 at 11:31 am Reply

        I purchased the book Teaching Drama (to little ones), and I want to express my congratulations to all your team. The book is amazing and very easily adapted to ESL drama students.

        Thank you very much for this wonderful resource!

  • Oddvar Husby
    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm Reply

    What a wonderful website!
    Thank you for sharing these games and advices.

    What games would you recommend for a group aged 9-12?

    1. bbbpress
      Sep 30, 2013 at 2:47 am Reply

      This age responds really well to Conducted Story, One Word Story, and all the Creativity/Improv type games, starting simple then getting more elaborate the more comfortable they get.

  • Corinna
    Sep 30, 2013 at 12:19 am Reply

    Love your site and love your games!

    1. bbbpress
      Sep 30, 2013 at 2:49 am Reply

      Thanks, hope your students love them too! :)

  • Claire
    Oct 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm Reply

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  • Polly Ferguson
    Nov 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Your website is really helpful. I have just started a Musical Theatre Group from 5-11 year olds. One group 5-7 and the other 8-11 yrs. My first session is on Saturday and I am finding great games on your site. Am just going to stick with a story on the sea this week and then we will use a play parachute to react big and small ways.

    Can you suggest warm up songs for 5-7 yrs and the 8-11 yrs?

    Thanks again for the site. Really is great.

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  • Preeti
    Jan 16, 2014 at 11:26 am Reply

    Your website is great, I learnt many interesting games and even the ones I was already familiar with had some nice additions and suggestions on your web page. thanks so much !

    Jan 21, 2014 at 11:27 am Reply

    Thank u soooooooo much for the amazing site!!!! love the games and everything. It would be a great help if you could give some topics/examples of lessons for classes…pupils age 14 and up! Only a suggestion! but tnx again for fab site…best yet on inet….ive been through them all and its always the usual old stuff.

    1. bbbpress
      Jan 23, 2014 at 11:10 pm Reply

      Hi Elriza, thanks for your comment! We just released a brand new resource that provides examples of 16 drama lessons…using some of the games from this blog. Definitely appropriate for teens as well as young children. Check it out here:

  • Radhika Rao
    Feb 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm Reply

    This is amazing! Thank you so much! Ordered my books and feel so empowered! How do I sign up for your weekly updates?

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      Feb 12, 2014 at 5:35 am Reply

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  • Matt Brewer
    Feb 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm Reply

    Wow awesome tips! As a recent theatre graduate I am so exciting to get started with a career in directing! This really helps!

  • Zoe
    Sep 1, 2014 at 11:22 pm Reply

    This sight is amazing! Drama is a new subject for me and I think I just stepped on gold with this site! Thank you for making it so accessible and helpful to planning.

    1. bbbpress
      Sep 2, 2014 at 5:43 pm Reply

      You’re very welcome…thanks for visiting!

  • Amanda Noronha
    Sep 4, 2014 at 2:52 am Reply

    Kindly keep me updated on drama games.

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      Jan 19, 2015 at 11:48 pm Reply

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  • Will Rich
    Oct 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for these theater games/materials. I am using quite a few for my 4th grade theater enrichment class. I usually have 6-7 students per class. It’s been quite fun so far!

    1. bbbpress
      Jan 19, 2015 at 11:50 pm Reply

      Thanks for discovering us…glad you’re having fun!

  • Kyaw Khaing Oo Myint
    Jan 19, 2015 at 6:09 am Reply

    Hi, lady and gentlemen,

    I am a teacher who is serving a voluntary in Monastic schools and private shcools in Myanmar. i am really happy to study Drama for children, young adults because i wanna use it as a subject.So, to make my children smart, i definitely need your help.



    1. bbbpress
      Jan 20, 2015 at 12:16 am Reply

      Sounds like incredible work that you’re doing. I hope you find our site helpful.

  • Mostafa Hashisha
    Feb 1, 2015 at 10:28 am Reply

    I’m delivering a communications skills session for a 13 years old kids. They’re around 12. Can you recommend to me some games that fit in?

    1. bbbpress
      Feb 8, 2015 at 8:07 pm Reply

      Hi Mostafa. The “Gibberish” games are really great for working on communication skills. Perhaps you could warm up with something like “Stream of Consciousness ” or “The Expert” to get the students comfortable speaking without thinking too much. Hope this helps!

  • Meagan Mapson
    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:23 am Reply

    These are such great games!
    Do you have any recommendations for a Mystery Theatre themed class? Thanks!!

  • Creeklife
    Mar 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm Reply

    Whoa, that’s quite the list of drama tips. Will have to try these out with my kids sometime! Nice work! =)

  • Vanessa Byrne
    Mar 23, 2015 at 8:16 am Reply

    Hi there,

    Your site is so useful. Thank you! I was wondering if you could help me or point me in the right direction. I am a drama teacher and am trying to organise our end of year performance. I cannot find a suitable short play (15-20mins) for my 9-12 year old group. Have you any ideas at all!!

    Thank you! Vanessa

    1. bbbpress
      Jun 19, 2015 at 9:53 am Reply

      Hi Vanessa, consider taking a look at our musical “Journey of the Noble Gnarble”. It’s only 20-25 minutes long and has great parts for your older 12 year olds and younger 9 year olds. You can download the persual script for free here:

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  • Laura
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  • Lloyd
    Jul 8, 2015 at 11:16 pm Reply

    I love your site also. A question- I’ve always had trouble with my elementary school drama club- when I’m giving them their blocking for the play, they hardly ever want to write it down. I’ve explained why it’s important and given them the abbreviations but, they are still mostly not interested in writing anything down. Suggesting? Thank you for your help in advance!

  • Jeff
    Sep 9, 2015 at 1:16 am Reply

    I’m about to start teaching theater in Prague to help children fortify and build confidence in their English speaking abilities. This website has been a wonderful tool in helping me find and recollect simple to intermediate theater games.

    My question comes a few days before my first class: I feel like I’ve done enough research already, but I’m wondering what games you would suggest I start out with, given that there’s a possibility that some of the children have NO English proficiency whatsoever. I guess I’m just worried about being able to explain anything slightly complex verbally, and I’d prefer to demonstrate easy games using as few words as possible. Do you have any suggestions or tips?

    I’m sure I’ll be fine, but I would greatly appreciate any advice you may have. I’m so excited.

    Thank you so much for all the help.


    1. bbbpress
      Sep 10, 2015 at 11:02 am Reply

      Here are some games I’d recommend that require very little instruction: Whoosh, Mirror Activities, Rain Storm, Sound and Motion, Exaggeration Circle, Pass the Pulse, Bucket of Water, Orchestra of Sound & Emotion, Gibberish Games, Yes Let’s. To get them to start speaking, Introductions and Applause, or any other simple names games or repetitive games. Hope this helps, best of luck with your first year!

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  • Maria Dawson
    Nov 18, 2015 at 6:46 pm Reply


    Your website is really informative. I’ve been a drama teacher for over 20 years. This year I am teaching ages 4-17 (creative dramatics/improv). I thought I had seen it all until I came upon your website. Thanks for giving me a new arsenal of games & ideas.

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  • Lizette Strydom
    Jan 7, 2016 at 7:52 am Reply

    Hi There! I love your site. It really is helpful. I am about to start teaching a group of 5 – 9 year olds. Which games would you suggest?

    1. bbbpress
      Jan 18, 2016 at 10:20 am Reply

      Hi Lizette! 5 – 9 year olds is quite a range, I think you may find activities that work for 5-6 year olds may be a bit simplistic for 9-year olds, and ones that excite the 9-year olds may be too complicated for 5-year olds. If the class is mostly older, you may find the younger ones able to step up to some more advanced activities. If the class is mostly younger, chances are that will be more difficult. I’d start by aiming for the 7-9 year olds and seeing how the little ones do. If you haven’t already, check out our Teaching Drama eBook with pre-made lessons plans to get you started: Let us know how it goes!

  • Jon
    Feb 5, 2016 at 8:20 am Reply

    Might I suggest the addition of “Kitty Wants a Corner”? Awesome site.

  • Heather Appel
    Aug 9, 2016 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Hi I’m a parent volunteer and I will be teaching an after school drama club for one hour, once a week, for eight weeks to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. I’d like to put on a production but I do not think we will have time. I’m not really sure where I’m going to go with this class and I’d really appreciate any thoughts or feedback.

    1. bbbpress
      Aug 11, 2016 at 11:42 am Reply

      Hi Heather, if you don’t feel you’ll have time for a full production, an alternative is to work towards an end of semester presentation for the parents that involves 1) drama games 2) songs and 3) scenes/monologues for each student. You can start the presentation with some warm-ups and games, even having the kids lead a few of them. Then every student should have a scene or monologue to perform. You can mix in 2-3 group songs throughout the presentation.

      We actually have a brand new book of scenes perfect for young actors that will be coming out this month…so stay tuned!

      Here are some resources that may be helpful:

      8 Tips for a Successful Sharing Day

      Individual Songs for Kids to Perform

      Contemporary Monologues for Kids

  • Heather Appel
    Aug 17, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for your suggestions. I think presentation idea is perfect and a great way to get my feet wet. Thanks for the resources and I’m very interested in the book!

  • susie
    Oct 17, 2016 at 2:46 am Reply

    Hi guys…..your site is so helpful and easy to use, Thanks! any suggestions on a short Christmas performance for 10-13 yr olds?

    1. bbbpress
      Oct 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm Reply

      Hi Susie, we have a 35-minute Christmas musical perfect for that age group called ‘TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS. You can read it for free here =>

      We also have a short Nativity play called WOW that you can find here:

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    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:42 am Reply

    You can start the presentation with some warm-ups and games, even having the kids lead a few of them. Thanks Sir.

  • Isabel Muñoz
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    I’m writing from Spain, as an English teacher. I think your web and your proposals are really useful.
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  • Becci Mason
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    Your site is so useful i use it every week for my drama teaching. So great to find a sit with good variations, new games and exercises. I’ve been teaching Drama 16 years and always on the look out for new stuff or good reminders of old stuff i haven’t done for ages. A big help thank you!

  • Tamara
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    I purchased drama ebook activities for kids age3-7. Just wanted to say big thank you for creating such wonderful activities ! My son who is autistic absolutely loves them , and to my great surprise he is acting out so well! I did not realize he was good at drama before I introduced him to your activities . We joined a local drama class and he is doing so well there thanks to your drama games which we do daily . First time I got so much eye contact and interaction from him, than you!

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  • Vanessa
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    What would you recommend for a group at is a mix of K-8th? We don’t expect too many K-1st to sign up for the program, but we want to make sure the little ones are not overwhelmed by a new experience.

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  • Anna
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    Hi, I am going to be teaching ten children ages 7-10. I need an activity that will last the duration of 30 min. Any suggestions?

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    Thank you SO much for all of these ideas. I am a middle and high school English teacher, and we are about to start final exams so I am up to my ears in grading. At the same time, I am supposed to have lessons plans for two classes of Improv (Grades 3-5; Grades 6-10) at our school’s Camp for the five days right after school gets out, and these lesson plans are due today. It is not an exaggeration to say that your site has saved me. Thank you so much!

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  • Leslie
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    I am a first time Drama Club sponsor at the middle school level. I’m looking for the best activities to develop skills that will hopefully lead to us doing a play by the end of the year. What would you suggest are the best activities to do with them?


    1. bbbpress
      Sep 20, 2018 at 9:50 am Reply

      Hi Leslie, I’d recommend taking a look at Teaching Drama: The Essential Handbook – it’s the perfect way to begin developing skills with your young actors:

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