Drama Characterisation Game – Shark Attack

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.

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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