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Game: Magic Rocks.
Age: 3 years+,
Minimum number of participants: 2
Resources needed: Clear space, a wand (optional).
Other Benefits: To stimulate children's imagination and creativity.
Instructions: Get each child to find a clear space. They must make sure that they are not touching anyone else. The children crouch down on the floor and make a ball shape with their bodies. The teacher explains that all children are magic rocks and that the teacher is a magic wizard. The teacher waves the magic wand and says: "Magic rocks turn into dinosaurs." All the children turn into dinosaurs and move around the room as dinosaurs. The teacher then says: "Magic rocks turn into magic rocks." The children return to their clear spaces and crouch down on the floor again as quickly as possible. The magic wizard can change the magic rocks into anything they want, for example superheroes, animals, people, household items and so on. Variation: The children can take it turns to be the magic wizard.

Game: Octopus
Age: 4 years +
Minimum number of participants: 3
Resources needed: Clear space.
Other Benefits: This game can be used to work on co-operation and teamwork skills.
Instructions: One child is chosen or volunteers to be the octopus and stands in the middle of the clear space. The rest of the children should line up along one side of the space. When the octopus shouts out "Octopus!" the other children have to run past the octopus and try to reach the other side without being caught. Children that are caught become part of the octopus's arms. They are not allowed to let go of each other's hands. Only the children at the ends of the octopus's arms can catch people. As the game progresses, the octopus becomes longer and longer. The game becomes more difficult, as more and more children become part of the octopus's arms. It ends when all the children are caught.

Game: Prison Break
Age: 4 years +
Minimum number of participants: 3
Resources needed: Clear space.
Other Benefits: This is a warm up game that children really enjoy. It also can be used to improve listening and co-ordination skills.
Instructions: Children all line up on one side of the clear space. One student is chosen, or volunteers, to be the guard on duty and stands in the centre of the room. The rest of the children are prisoners. When the guard shouts out "Prison break!" all the prisoners must run to the other side of the space. If the guard catches a prisoner they also become a guard. Eventually there will be more guards then prisoners. The last prisoner becomes the first guard on duty for the next game.

Game: Fruit Basket
Age: 4 years+
Minimum number of participants: 7
Resources needed: Clear space and a chair for each student - if you do not have chairs you can use sheets of paper or cushions.
Other Benefits: This is a well-known game which can also be used very effectively as a listening game or an observation game.
Instructions: All the children sit in circle on a chair or a cushion. The teacher chooses three different fruits and goes around the circle giving each person the name of a fruit, in a particular order, for example, apple, orange, banana. A child is then chosen, or volunteers, to go into the centre of the circle. His/Her chair is taken away. The child in the centre calls out the name of one of the three fruits. If the child in the centre says apple then all the apples change place, if s/he says banana, all the bananas change place and if s/he says orange, all the oranges change places. If s/he says fruit basket then everyone changes places. The child who is left without a chair goes into the centre for the next round.
Variations: There are lots of variations to this game and you can change the names to go with a specific theme. Fruit basket - apple, orange, and banana -could be replaced by: Barnyard - chicken, pig and cow, Zoo - elephant, giraffe and tiger, Circus - clown, ringmaster and acrobat, Ocean - fish, mermaid and shark.

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Part One: Drama Games. There are nine different categories in this section. . Each category, for example warm-up games, listening games, states the main benefit of the games it features. However some of the games may have more than one benefit. For example, `Fruit Basket is listed as a warm up game but other benefits of this game are listening and observation. The games are clearly set out and the appropriate age group and minimum amount of children needed to participate are listed for each one. The other benefits of playing the game are also stated and detailed instructions are provided, with suggested variations for some of the games.
Warm-Up Games These games can be used at the beginning of any drama lesson. They help limber the children up and lead them into the next part of the lesson. They are fun and enjoyable. If you are short on time the children can also do them by themselves, in separate group
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: JemBooks (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095689660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956896605
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Meighan is a lecturer in Drama in Education at the Cork Institute of Technology. She has taught Drama to all age groups and levels.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pmchugh on June 5, 2011
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I bought this book a week ago as I was looking for some drama ideas to use in my class. Having tried out the activities with my students, I have found it an excellent resource and I'm delighted I found it. The activities are divided by objectives that focus on things like teamwork, listening, communication etc.., All the activities are very clearly laid out and very easy to follow, There is another section devoted to plays that can be used with young children - they include "The Gingerbread Man" and "The Lion and the Mouse". The plays are simple and they give clear stage instructions. If you are a new teacher or just looking for new and imaginative ideas to use in your class this book is a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. DEHART on February 19, 2013
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This is a wonderful book with great drama games and activities for younger children. This is my go-to book when creating my drama lesson plan. My students love the games and especially liked acting out The Hungry Tree. They ask to go on this "adventure" often! I hope the author includes more stories like this one in her next book. This really encourages their imaginations and gets them moving! Highly recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Joseph on January 16, 2013
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Having been into drama at a semi professional level and not being involved now I was asked to undertake a preschool group for drama classes. Not having a clue where to start, I have checked available material and chose this book. No regret!!! The activities are simple but on point with the lessons and the detailed description really helps with setting up and preparing for the sessions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny Elliott on May 7, 2014
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Very handy for lots of short lessons offering a variety of approaches. Really useful especially for warm-ups but nicely condensed drama teaching resource. I also bought the same book for older children. Altogether worthwhile resources!
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