Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Happy April Fool’s Day! In honor of the silliness of the day, we are sharing a playful theatre activity that gets you a) using your imagination and b) showing/telling descriptive details. It’s called “This is Not a…” All you need to play is one non-breakable, hand-held object. It can be a wooden spoon, a roll of tape or whatever else is lying around the house. Click thru to see the directions for the activity – one set for caregivers/teachers and one set for kids who can read so they can do the activity independently


I learned This is Not a… from Katie Dawson, a professor at UT Austin. You can see a longer description of the activity (and a video) in the link below from the Drama-Based Instruction website created by Drama for Schools at The University of Texas at Austin.

This is Not a…:

Sarah Coleman, Portland Ovations Co-Director of Engagement l School Programs is a theatre educator, an arts integration specialist, and a former classroom teacher who has taught students in grades K – college as well as led professional development workshops for teachers around the country for over 15 years.

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