Teaching Drama

Resource: Tons of Tiny Prompts

Tiny Prompts
Written by Kerry Hishon

Good things come in small packages, and with that, we’ve got a big collection of tiny prompts to get your students thinking big about small things. If you’d like even more prompts, you can find 50 more in the giveaway below.

Here are four mini-exercises you can use tiny prompts for: 

  • Mime Exercise: Have students mime picking up a tiny item, interacting with it, and passing it to the student next to them.
  • Playwriting Exercise: Write a one-page, two-person scene that must include a tiny item somewhere in the plot.
  • Improv Exercise 1: You open a treasure chest to find a multitude of one of the tiny items.
  • Improv Exercise 2: In a science lab, your shrink ray backfires and makes a tiny item huge.

Be sure to check out our full prompt collection for even more inspiration!

  1. A birthday candle
  2. A penny
  3. A mosquito
  4. A germ
  5. An atom
  6. A pin
  7. A crumb
  8. A hummingbird
  9. A mouse
  10. An eyelash
  11. A pebble
  12. A grain of sand
  13. A paperclip
  14. An earring
  15. A raindrop
  16. A safety pin
  17. A hairpin/bobby pin
  18. A watch gear
  19. A blade of grass
  20. A single sequin
  21. A flea
  22. A second
  23. A millimetre
  24. A pixel
  25. A grain of rice
  26. A flower seed
  27. A red pepper flake
  28. A sugar cube
  29. A pinch of salt
  30. A gummy bear
  31. A tadpole
  32. A charm bracelet charm
  33. A gemstone
  34. A robin’s egg
  35. A flower petal
  36. A hangnail
  37. A strand of hair
  38. A cocoon
  39. A drop of ink
  40. A pencil shaving
  41. A marble
  42. A peg for a cribbage board
  43. A speck of lint
  44. A thimble
  45. A Skittle or an M&M
  46. A pencil eraser
  47. A wild blueberry
  48. A peanut
  49. A sunflower seed
  50. A dust mote
Click here for 50 more tiny prompts.

Kerry Hishon is a director, actor, writer and stage combatant from London, Ontario, Canada. She blogs at www.kerryhishon.com.

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Kerry Hishon

Kerry Hishon is a director, actor, writer and stage combatant from London, Ontario, Canada. View her blog at www.kerryhishon.com.