Wednesday, September 17, 2014

grandmas-footsteps

Although this is a traditional children's game, in my experience it is also great fun for grown-ups! One person is Grandma - he/she faces a wall. The others in the group start at the other end of the room, then try to creep up to Grandma and tap her on the shoulder. However, at any moment, Grandma can turn around suddenly. If she sees anyone moving, she points at them and that person must return to the start. No-one is allowed to move while she is watching them.

Whoever manages to tap her on the shoulder becomes Grandma (male or female) and the game starts again. It's a good activity for cultivating concentration and patience - not to mention lots of cheating!

  • Afterwards, discuss with the group which strategies were most successful
  • To make it more challenging, put some hats, wigs, scarves, shoes, handbags or other items of Grandma costume on the floor. Make it a rule that you have to put on a hat or an item of clothing before you tap Grandma on the shoulder.
  • For an 'advanced' (tongue in cheek) group dynamics version with adults try playing it without Grandma!

 

Learning Objectives:

To develop listening skills
To develop physical coordination
To develop mental concentration

Age Group: 5+
Participants: Whole group
Recommended time for activity: 10-15 minutes

Primary Drama Across The Curriculum - Oct 1st 2014

Wednesday 1st October 2014
10:30am - 4:30pm at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1

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This one-day drama INSET course immerses you in activities and ideas which you can take back and use immediately in the primary school classroom or drama club. The drama strategies can be used across the curriculum and are designed to meet statutory drama and literacy objectives. Read More >

Drama Games for Teaching Shakespeare

Wednesday 8th October 2014
10:30am - 4:30pm at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1

Wednesday 5th November 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm at Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA

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A one-day course outlining a highly practical approach for teaching Shakespeare to children and young people from key stage 2 right up to teenagers and adults. Includes a range of drama games and exercises that will enable the teacher to explore character, language and staging ideas through fun and accessible methods. Read More >

Primary Drama Across The Curriculum - Jan 28th 2015

Wednesday 28th January 2015
10:30am - 4:30pm at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1

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This one-day drama INSET course immerses you in activities and ideas which you can take back and use immediately in the primary school classroom or drama club. The drama strategies can be used across the curriculum and are designed to meet statutory drama and literacy objectives. Read More >

Primary Drama Across The Curriculum - Feb 25 2015

Wednesday 25th February 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm at Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA

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This one-day drama INSET course immerses you in activities and ideas which you can take back and use immediately in the primary school classroom or drama club. The drama strategies can be used across the curriculum and are designed to meet statutory drama and literacy objectives. Read More >

Mini-Downloads

mini-download-miniA range of short downloadable resources providing guidelines, tips and information about a particular area of drama. They are ideal for planning and inspiration and can be downloaded to your computer in just a few minutes.

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Drama Books by David Farmer

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101 Drama Games and Activities is packed with tried and tested ideas for drama lessons, workshops or rehearsals. Sections include improvisation, mime, ice-breakers, group dynamics, rehearsal, storytelling, voice and warm-ups. 

“One of the handiest things to have around.” - Teaching Drama magazine

Published by Lulu (2007) ISBN 978-1-8475-3841-3
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NOW AVAILABLE: The sequel to the best-selling 101 Drama Games and Activities, containing inspirational and engaging games and exercises suitable for children, young people and adults. The activities can be used in drama lessons and workshops as well as during rehearsal and devising periods.

“...bubbles over with imaginative ideas which could be used to good effect by non-specialist as well as seasoned drama teachers.” - Teaching Drama Magazine

Published by Drama Resource (2012) ISBN 978-1-291-02516-3
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Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years describes 36 drama strategies in full detail along with over 250 cross-curricular activities and three extended lesson plans.

“A must-have for those serious about the teaching of drama in primary school settings” - Teaching Drama magazine

Published by Drama Resource (2011) ISBN 978-1-4478-7732-5
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