Warm-Up Games

Here is a collection of warm-up games that you might like to play with your students. I post as often as I can and add it to this page as an archive so check back regularly for some more ideas!

You might also like to check out this free collection of 40 Classic Drama Games: https://www.dramanotebook.com/drama-games/ (courtesy of Janea, Drama Teacher’s Notebook).

I will continue to add to this list the more that I post. Thanks for visiting!

43 Comments

  1. This is a wonderful site that I have only just come accross. I am a drama teacher who has been unfortunately teaching english for the past few years predominately, and am now just getting back into the drama classroom (thank god!). I too want to build up the subject at my school (Strathfield Girls High School) so would love to become a part of this network. I was wondering if you know any good books/websites that offer creative scene titles/topics/starters for theatresports? I go through so many varying scene ideas its hard to come up with unique ideas all the time… Thanks so much🙂

    • Wow, Gabbi, I actually used to go to that school and still live in the area. Happy to have an edu-date and share resources if you like🙂 I remember when I was there that there was no Drama offered so it’s great to see that Drama is offered now. I absolutely love the book Theatresports by Lyn Pierse. It has really detailed explanations on all the games and lots of suggestions for improv scene work. Hope that helps. If there is anything else I can help you with let me know.

  2. I’m a 10th grade IBP student and our teacher gave us a major assignment on Introductory/Warm up games. I am having trouble finding answers for some of the questions.Can you please help with these.
    1)What are Introductory/Warm up games?
    2)What are the benefits?
    3)What is the history of Introductory/Warm up games?
    4)Are there various categories of warm-ups? What are they?
    And
    5)Can you use these skills in other subjects?
    Thank you!!

    • Hi Dana,

      I’m not going to answer all the questions because I do believe as an acting student 1,2 and 5 should be easy to work out the answers to. Even four could be answered if you consider which parts of the body need warming up and why. As for No. 3, various dramatic practitioners started their own style of actor training and that’s where warm up evolved from. If you look at people like Meyerhold, Suzuki, Grotowski, Boal, Stanislavski their acting systems all incorporate warm up because it prepared them for their actor training.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to the blog.

  3. Wow u guys are so committed to helping each other it’s a cool website bug I found no answers to my question: I need ten pieces of information that is a fact about play building can u help???

    • Hi Kendall,

      Hopefully some of the ideas on the warm-ups page are helpful. Otherwise there are books available through Amazon etc. I can’t vouch for their quality but my advice would be to purchase a couple and give them a whirl. Often you’ll find particular warm-ups that work well with your class and don’t use others.

  4. hi i’m in grade 11 and i’m studying warm ups for my next exam.
    i love all of your warm ups (all the ones that i have read) and i would like to sagest one if that’s okay. you might already have it as i have not read every one you have. my class and i like to call it ‘concentration’ as you need a lot of it to get the hang of the game. at first you have 2 students and they must count to 3.
    student 1: 1
    student 2: 2
    student 1: 3
    student 2:1
    this carry’s on till one of them messes up. though out the duration of the game the students are not allowed to brake eye contact, the one that dose losses. its a really fun came and when the class has the hang of it the hole class can play. just remember to always have a number above the amount of people that are playing or else its not so much fun.

    P.S i’m sorry about bad spelling i have dyslecia

    • Thanks for sharing Rebecca! This is a great suggestion. I will add it to the list. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on the blog. It’s particularly nice to hear from students and to hear what they like about and need from Drama. Ta muchly!

  5. I am so relieved to find this site! I loved doing drama in high school and now am teaching year three drama for the first time but don’t know where to start? Any idea of any resources/lesson plans that could help? Thanks in advance🙂

    • Hi Belinda,

      I’m actually giving Year 3 a whirl this year too for the first time. I’ll hopefully post a bit about it when I get started. Definitely start with your expectations for the classroom and keep it short and snappy. Warm-up games are great. Some physical improve and perhaps work from a short text or do some fractured fairytales. All the best.

  6. Nice blog with great ideas. However, you have a ton of errors with your use of ‘s- in the side bar, you have “support beginning teacher’s”. There should not be an ‘ , just “teachers”. You have the same error many times when referring to your “student’s” where you mean “students”. I know it’s a picky issue, but when trying to stake out the professional high ground, copy editing details is really important. Those little errors really detract from your overall message.

  7. Stumbled across this brilliant page when searching for some warm-up games to reignite my imagination when creating fun sessions and workshops for primary aged children.
    It’s a fantastic source, and I would love more updates (or to share my own workshops with you and your followers) in the future!
    Your warm up games are a great base to start from, for example, I was running a Fairytale themed workshop yesterday, and used the base of your “Beach, Boat etc” game, and changed it for “Giants, Wizards and Wicked Witches” – had the children perform as these characters as they ran to the different areas in the room. They loved it!
    Keep up the good work!🙂

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  11. I have students that know each other pretty well. So, I changed “two truths and one lie” to “two lies and one truth.” Students choose two things that sound like they may be what they like or they did and another a truth. The students try to figure out which one is the truth. It’s fun when the students know each other really well and find out something surprising about the other persons. One of my students said, “Oh, this is a liar’s game.”

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  17. Hi, I was wondering if you could offer some help, I’m due to start a course of teaching adults with special needs drama – there’s quite a variety of different support needs e.g. non verbal, can’t read.
    Would really appreciate the help!

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