5 Acting Games

Acting games are used for many different purposes both in drama schools and even right before auditions. The benefit of acting games for kids is how informal they are. That takes away the pressure to perform to a certain standard. They are fun and they are playful AND they can help develop important skills, too.

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We have gathered 5 fun acting games you can play with your kid while at home preparing for their next audition or simply having some entertaining family time.

Be emotional

Write down different emotions on small pieces of paper and put them in a bowl. Have your kid take out a piece of paper, while you count to 10. After the countdown, you kid has to reenact the emotion written on the paper – using their body and their facial expressions. Now it’s your turn to guess the emotion! Switch sides afterwards so that you kid can guess, too!

List of emotions you can use: Friendly, Angry, Sad, Embarrassed, Frustrated, Annoyed, Eager, Shy, Nervous, Loving, Confident, Proud, Curious, Fascinated, Excited, Energetic, Surprised, Grateful, Hopeful, Happy, Peaceful

Name dance

It is a fun little game that allows kids to explore movement and their creative side all in one. Give your kid any kind of name and ask them to give one for you. One of you goes in front first. The goal is to create a little dance routine that will spell out the name you have been given through movement. It’s best to encourage your kid not to do it by just shaping their body in the form of a letter, but rather through movement or find even more creative ways to dance out the name they have been given.

NED game

This game is great for older kids. First create 3 large paper cards. Write the letters N; E; D – one on each. Ask your kid to go up and start telling a story. Throughout the story hold up and change the cards: N (narrative), E (emotion) or D (detail). When you hold up the N card, your kid needs to add extra narration or action to the story. If you hold up an E, they need to increase the emotional display and play more dramatically. When you hold up the D card, your kid needs to add more detail to the story (tell more detail about the environment, people, colors, etc.). Switch up the cards from time to time for a more dynamic game.

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Gibberish

The goal of this game is for your kid to practice ‘’reading’’ another actor when not much information is given. Gibberish is better known as using sound and made up words in place of normal language. Invite your kid to converse with you with making the words up on the spot. Carry on the conversation as if you were talking about regular stuff. Let them know they should try to guess or imagine what you would be saying and to ‘’gibberish’’ something back as if it makes sense. They are going to have to start listening to your tonal voice and focus on facial expression trying to read what you mean.

Shaped

While sitting down, have your kid imagine that they are holding a ball, big enough to fit in their hands. They should try and imagine the texture and the weight of the ball and to roll it around in their hands. Have them play with it, pretending that it’s getting smaller, bigger, lighter or heavier. Then give them a name of an object. Now invite your kid to slowly transform the ball in the shape of that object. But to do it slowly, shaping different corners of the object at a time. When a new object has been ‘’shaped’’, give them another one. Now they have to slowly transform the previous object to the new.

Objects you could use: a teddy bear, an umbrella, a flower, a bowl, a shoe.

The great thing about these 5 games is that they all can be played at home, with simple, accessible objects!

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