Shark Attack | Will You Survive This High Energy Drama Game?

Shark Attack is the all time favourite game of ALL of my preschool classes and almost always chosen as the incentive activity.


  • Number or name the corners of the room and ask students to reiterate.
  • Ask the students to choose a sea creature.
  • Students should move around this space like the creature chosen.
  • The teacher shouts ‘shark attack!’ and covers their eyes.
  • Students should hide in one of the corners.
  • Without looking, the teacher chooses a corner and all of the students in this area have been eaten.
  • Students who have been eaten are eliminated and the remainder choose a new sea creature for the next round.
  • Keep playing until only one student remains.

Top Tips

  • Encourage the students to ensure there is someone in each corner.
  • Count down if students are taking a long time getting to a corner.
  • Ask eliminated students to choose the next sea creature to ensure they feel included in the game.
  • When you have fewer than four students remaining, reduce the number of corners in play.

This activity is part of our ‘A Day at the Zoo’ drama lesson plan for ages 3-6. Available to UK readers and USA readers.

Rebecca is the founder and chief executive officer of Silly Fish Learning Ltd. She is a children's playwright with a vast and varied career in education, primarily teaching drama and English.

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