For something a little different, I’m playing a game of online tag with the Childhood 101 team! It’s lots of fun and a great way to discover new blogs and fun ideas. I’m delighted to welcome Kidspot Voices of 2013 Nominee, Ali from At Home with Ali to share this fun game with you today, while I’m over at Childhood 101 getting creative and teaching you how to make your own soap crayons.
For those who haven’t met Ali before, she is a blogger and mother of two kids who adore art and crafts. Making things is a part of everyday life. Ali is also a designer and DIY crafter. She lives with her family in Sydney, Australia and shares her creative adventures on her blog At Home with Ali. Check out Ali’s improvisation game for kids below and then follow the link at the bottom of the post to join our game of online tag!
Improvisation Game for Kids
We do a lot of process-based art in our house but just recently the kids and I have begun exploring a new area of creativity – drama and improvisation. I developed a fun and energetic improvisation game based on my memories of my childhood drama classes.
The beauty about this game is that it involves performing and watching others. My 5 year old isn’t great at letting others take the spotlight. This game gives her the perfect opportunity to learn from others by watching their performances.
Before the game you need to write down 10 or more improvisation clues, each on their own piece of paper. My kids love to help me come up with clues. Fold each piece of paper and place it into a basket or bowl. Here are some examples of clues that we have used:
- Swim like a fish
- Ride on a unicorn
- Brush your hair
- Dance like a ballerina
- Fly like a bird
- Be the rain
- Moo like a cow
- Be a butterfly
- Grow like a tree
- Be a passenger in a bus
- Flutter like a fairy
Game Set Up
You need a stage and somewhere for the audience to sit. I place a blanket on the ground to act as centre stage and I set up a row of chairs for the audience.
- All the kids take a seat.
- The first kid chooses a clue and takes centre stage to act out their clue (no props are allowed but sound effects are strongly encouraged).
- After allowing the first kid to improvise on their own for a short time, all the other kids are allowed to join in with the improvisation (I generally announce “all in” to signal the time to participate).
- Once the improvisation has wound down I announce “back to the chairs”.
- Once all the kids are seated it is the next kid’s turn and we do it all again.
- This is a fast paced game, each turn takes only a couple of minutes.
- This game is easier with a small group of children. I would suggest dividing kids into teams if you want to play with a larger group.
It is wonderful to watch the kids let their imaginations fly during this game. One kid who chose the clue “Be a Butterfly” improvised the full caterpillar to butterfly life cycle. Another who chose “Be the rain” started with sprinkles and then turned herself into a raging storm.
We have played this game many times and it is always a lot of fun for everyone.
I invite you now to head on over to Christie’s blog, Childhood 101, where I’ve been tagged with a post about making your own soap crayons. Each post in the game will lead you to another in our game of online tag, leading you all the way back here again. Have fun on your blogging travels :)