Type: 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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7 thoughts on “Drama Game: Exaggeration Circle”
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.
Thank you! I love this game! I am an acting assistant so this is a great game!
What subject area and grade level does this game fit into? I really like it and would love to implement it in the future.
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.
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