Our 4‐7‐year classes are really special to us at Acting UP. They give their attendees a chance to fall in love with drama, which we hope will stay with them well into their adult years.
We usually start a class with a nice 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 them to start to focus (although they don’t know that’s why we do it…), something like a copying game, or an exercise where they need to follow instructions. Then on to the bulk of the lesson: We tend to start with stories or short poems about a particular theme to get them using their imagination, and help them develop a nice, clear, loud voice for performance. We sometimes incorporate drawing or making, for example making the birthday cards for a character in a poem, which helps them remember what’s happening in a story, before moving on to direct them in short scenes or situations.
Don’t worry – they will be nice and worn out by the time you get them back!