The following is a quick, simple warm-up game that works for virtually any age range and skill level. All you’ll need is a stack of Post-it notes or a pile of scrap paper, some writing implements, and your students.
There are many different ways you can tailor this warm-up, depending on whether you’re studying mime, tableau, creative movement, or if you just need your students to get their brains and bodies moving. It’s a handy exercise to keep in your back pocket when you need to shake things up in class. Pick one, two, or a few for your students to do.
1. Give each student a piece of scrap paper or a Post-it note and a writing utensil.
2. Each student has exactly three seconds to make a doodle on the paper. No more, no less!
3. Collect the doodles. Make sure they’re all appropriate for your class.
4. Choose a doodle (or doodles) at random, post it where everyone can see it, and have students try the following exercises: