With temperatures rising, the school year winding down, and summer on the horizon, it’s time to think about what to do to entertain your children on those hot summer days. While every kid looks forward to a long lazy summer vacation, parents know that those days can drag on if there isn’t some type of activities for kids to enjoy and maybe even learn a thing or two.
That’s why summer vacation is the perfect time to add some principles of drama education to your child’s play day in a fun and interactive way. Your kids will have a blast doing these easy drama activities while also developing skills they can use to be more successful in their coursework in the fall.
Below are a few different games you can play with your child that will help develop important skills and abilities that will help them in all facets of their life. It will challenge their brain, get them moving, and stave off the summer boredom as your children learn to think creatively, work together, and learn new skills.
In one jar make a list of emotions, in another jar, make a list of animals. Instruct your children to pick a choice from each jar. This will give them both an emotion and an animal to act out like an angry elephant or z shy monkey.
Tip: For a variation, children can interact with each other as their chosen emotional animal.
Ask the children to create an object through pantomime either by themselves or in small groups. Once they create the objects or action, ask them to transform it to a different action. For example, they could pantomime throwing a ball back and forth. The ball could become pizza dough they transform into spinning it around and throwing back and forth. The pizza dough then transforms a frisbee or a UFO. It doesn’t have to make sense. Encourage the children to transform the object 4-5 times.
Tip: Help children along if they’re stuck by asking them leading questions that can help them visualize what other actions their movement might resemble.
Create story prompts and add them to a jar. Direct the kids to take turns pulling out prompts and creating a story around it. Don’t worry if they get stuck, because you can help them build the story by asking leading questions like:
- What did you see?
- What did you hear?
- What did you smell?
- Who is there?
- What does the room/space look like?
- How do you feel?
- Where did you go?
Tip: Try to use toys, puppets, or other props to help the kids act out.
Create a list of actions that your children can perform. Call out an action and point to a child to mime the action. Then call out another action and point to a different child to have them mime it. Speed up the process in order to make children think on their feet quickly.
Tip: To make this easier for younger children, ask each child one at a time, to perform the same action.
A Different Space:
Split kids into two groups. Give the first group blindfolds and direct them to wait in another room. Instruct the second group to rearrange the furniture in a frequently used space like the family room or a hallway. Next, instruct the second group to lead the blindfolded group around the room.
Tip: Partners can guide their blindfolded companion by hand or voice.
These fun activities will keep your children entertained for hours this summer while teaching them skills that help them succeed in other areas of school.