Classic Drama Cool Down Game | Grandma’s Footsteps

Grandma’s Footsteps is a classic drama game¬†that’s great to cool down and focus your class.


  • Choose one student to be the grandma (or grandpa).
  • The grandma stands at one end of the room facing away from the group.
  • The rest of the students must stand at the other side of the room.
  • When the grandma has her back turned, the other students can creep towards her and try to tap her on the shoulder.
  • The grandma can turn around at any time and the students must freeze.
  • If the grandma sees anyone moving, the student in question must return to the start.
  • The first student to tap grandma on the shoulder is the winner and becomes grandma or grandpa in the next round.

Top tip: For an added bonus, ask the students to freeze in a certain pose, e.g. like a ballerina, every time grandma turns to face them. This develops their quick thinking, improvisation, characterisation and physical theatre skills.

If your students like this you should also try:

Drama Cool Down Game – Cyclops

Drama Cool Down Game – Night at the Museum

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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