Zombies is a fantastic ‘getting-to-know-you’ name game and all time favourite of my students.
This very silly warm-up has so many benefits: it helps students (and you) learn each other’s names, it helps students to begin working on characterisation, and it raises the focus and energy of the group!
Even better! It’s completely scalable to your group’s age and ability.
- Ask your students to stand in a circle.
- In turn, each student should say their name as though they are a zombie. The other students repeat it.
- Next, ask the students to choose someone across the circle and say their name as though they are a zombie. They should then walk towards their chosen victim who must choose someone across the circle, say their name in a zombie manner and begin moving towards them.
- Keep repeating this sequence of events.
- Dependent on the age of your group you can also begin eliminating any students who cannot think of a name before the zombie reaches them.
If your students are enjoying acting like zombies you can heighten the energy by turning it into a variation on tag. This game is a little complicated so it is recommended for older kids.
- The students move freely around the space.
- The zombie can chase any student and try to tag them. If caught, the victim becomes the zombie.
- To save themselves, if a student believes they are about to be tagged they can shout the name of a classmate who then becomes the zombie in their place.
- There should only be one zombie at any time.
Top tip: In both the original game and the bonus round, encourage students to learn new names. Sometimes it is worth introducing the rule that they cannot say the same name twice in a row.