Grandma’s Footsteps | Classic Cool Down Drama Game

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.

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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