Warm-Up of the Week: Murder Winks

This one is really fun 🙂

1. One person waits outside the classroom.

2. The remaining student’s form a circle and close their eyes.

3. The teacher selects one student to be the murderer by squeezing them on the shoulder.

4. Everyone opens their eyes and the person waiting outside is let into the room and circle.

5. The person in the centre of the circle has three chances to guess who the murderer might be.

6. The murderer’s job is to wink at different people around the circle. As each person gets winked at they must die an active, dramatic death.

You might also like to try having the entire class guess who the murderer is rather than one particular student.


Warm-Up of the Week: Knots

This week’s warm-up is a quick little 10 minute game that develops communication skills and team-building. It doesn’t just have to be used in the drama classroom. It can be used during conferences and other team-building situations to get people out of their seats and interacting with others. Enjoy!

1. If you have a large group, split them into two smaller groups and have them make a circle facing inward. They also need to be shoulder to shoulder.

2. Have everyone place their arms outstretched into the centre of the circle.

3. Each person must then grab the hand of two different people. This will create a big looking mess of arms and hands in the centre of the circle.

4. The aim of the exercise is to now try to untangle the knot without letting go of any hands.

5. Once the group has succeeded (and this may take some time), try it again but this time without any speaking at all.

At the end of the exercise, discuss the differences between the first situation where you were allowed to communicate and the second situation where you were not.

It is a really interesting exercise to see how people react to problems and who steps up and leads when needing to deal with them.

Image Credits:

Sometimes Life Can Tie You in Knots!  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8525214@N06/5529991482/) / Tony Hammond (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8525214@N06/) / http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/ (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/).

Warm-Up of the Week: Explain Communication

This week’s warm up has a tricky name. Can you think of a better title for it? Read through the explanation of how to play and post your comment below.

  1. Start by having each student sit on a chair in a circle.
  2. Facilitate a discussion on how people communicate. Some questions to ask might be: do we just use words to communicate? What else do we use to communicate? What happens if we don’t use all these things to communicate? How has technology changed the way we communicate?
  3. Ask a student to volunteer to stand in the middle of the circle. They must also remove their chair from the circle. There should now be one less chair than there are student’s sitting in the circle.
  4. The aim of the game is for the student’s sitting in the circle to switch places with another student sitting opposite them in the circle. The only catch is, they must not speak, use hand gestures or facial expressions. Only their eyes can be used.
  5. When the student’s decide to switch the student standing in the middle of the circle must get to one of the seats before the other student thereby potentially changing who is in the middle of the circle.

NB: Try not to have student’s switch with the person next to them. It’s unfair to the person in the middle and kind of defeats the purpose of the game.

Happy playing!