Our last activity is a way to celebrate the school year that is wrapping up. While it might not feel like a celebratory time, dancing is important for a few reasons. As an art form, it has been a form of resistance for many oppressed cultures. Dance also asks us to be present in our body – learning how it moves and how we can be more comfortable in it.
The end of the school year is a time for reflecting. Today’s activity, Alphabet Relay, is an energetic way for kids to reflect on this unique school year – from what was challenging to how much they’ve learned and discovered.
TWO BY THREE BY BRADFORD
As the school year winds down, we’ve got a few more activities to bring some joy and movement to your distance learning. Two by Three by Bradford allows students to practice focus, listening, and awareness starting with the simple act of counting to three.
CROSS THE ROOM IF…
Cross the Room If… is a tried and true warm-up game typically used as a way to get to know new people. But for classroom and distance learning, it is a great way to share opinions and thoughts and spark deeper discussion.
THIS SETTING NEEDS…
This Setting Needs, combines imagination, observation, and detail-oriented thinking to challenge kids to create a 3-D, one-of-a-kind environment.
Object Metaphor, invites students to make comparisons between a random object and another topic. Whether the topic is silly or serious, students will practice flexible and metaphorical thinking. How are you like a potato masher?
WHEN I SAY ONE
“When I Say One” asks you to get up, move, and be in the moment. Actors use this activity as a warm up for their bodies, voices, and minds. Kick start your week with it – and keep playing it all week long.
STOP AND GO AND JUMP
Stop! Go! Jump! This is a great activity that gets you up, moving, and thinking quick. Play it before distance learning to gather energy and focus. Play it when everyone is done for the day and needs to release some energy. Feel free to create your own additional directions.
Excursions invites kids (and adults) to practice the skills of observation and presence, and most importantly creativity through spontaneity.
Mirror is a simple and low-risk activity that invites students to slow down. This activity allows participants to practice focus, responsibility and trust.
An activity that gets kids acting! This activity allows them to a) think from different perspectives and b) share their knowledge in a creative way. It is essentially an interview with a character, a famous person, or anyone else who the student might want to pretend to be.
PEOPLE TO PEOPLE
An activity that gets kids up on their feet and into their bodies. This activity allows them to a) move their bodies in improvisational ways and b) practice in the moment problem-solving.
A classic improvisation game that allows kids to a) practice their creativity and b) work on sequencing, word choice, and descriptive details.
THIS IS NOT A..
This activity is a playful theatre activity that gets you a) using your imagination and b) showing/telling descriptive details.
Narrative Pantomime is an active way for students to a) retell a story and b) draw out action, emotion, and sensory details. It’s a great way to extend the story hour, especially for kids who can’t read yet.
ROLE ON THE WALL
Role on the Wall is a fun way to help kids share a) what they know about a character/person and b) what ways the character is influenced by external forces.
This activity combines theater with the skill of reviewing what you already know. Everybody Do! is a great way to help kids a) show their understanding of knowledge and b) reinforce that understanding. It’s also fun to play as a break in the day.
SCULPTOR & CLAY
Creating statues or sculptures of vocabulary is a great way to help kids a) remember the word and b) reinforce the definition