Beans is a classic drama game that’s great to use as a warmup to get the group energised.
When the teacher shouts out the name of a bean the students should demonstrate the action as follows:
- String beans – stretch up as high as you can.
- Broad beans – make yourself as wide as you can.
- Runner beans – run on the spot.
- Jumping beans – jump on the spot.
- Jelly beans – shake your whole body like jelly.
- Baked beans – wipe your brow and say, ‘Phew!’.
- Beans on toast – lie flat on the floor.
- Chilli beans – shiver as though you are very cold.
- Mr. Bean – shrug your shoulders and make a confused face.
- Beanie Baby – suck on your thumb.
- Human beans – exclaim, ‘To bean or not to bean!’
- Bean bags – huddle in a ball on the floor.
It’s nice to let the students add their own beans to the list, my students are a fan of French bean (Ooh la la!), disco bean and of course…farting bean.
With older students it can also be good to add eliminations for those who do the wrong action. This can really raise the energy and focus.
With younger students you will probably have to play too so don’t be afraid to look silly! Keep the list a little shorter for the first few weeks and introduce new beans gradually.
If your class are getting bored of the same old beans, try Space Beans instead!
Top tip: If the class are getting a little too crazy shout ‘beans on toast’ and take a few seconds longer to think about the next bean. These few seconds of lying still can really bring the energy level back down, especially with younger kids.