Our classes for four to seven year olds are really special to us at Acting UP. They give those attending a chance to fall in love with drama, and we hope this will stay with them well into their adult years.
We usually start a class with a warm‐up game, like the ever‐popular Penguin Song, or our game called Night at the Museum, before getting even warmer by running around to burn off some of that energy! Then we play a game that gets the children to start to focus (although they don’t know that’s why we do it…!) – something like a copying game, or an exercise in which they need to follow instructions. Then it’s on to the bulk of the lesson…
We usually start with stories or short poems about a particular theme to encourage the children to use their imaginations and help them to develop a clear, loud voice for performance. We sometimes incorporate drawing or making (for example, making birthday cards for a character in a poem), which helps the children to remember what’s happening in a story, before moving on to direct them in short scenes or situations.
And don’t worry; they will be nice and worn out by the time you get them back!