Beans | Drama Warm up Game

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Beans is a classic drama game that’s great to use as a warmup to get the group energised. Suitable for and popular with all ages!

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Try to keep your students two metres apart. Try marking a space on the floor to ensure they achieve this.

Instructions

When the teacher shouts out the name of a bean the students should demonstrate the action as follows:

  • String beans – stretch up as high as you can.
  • Broad beans – make yourself as wide as you can.
  • Runner beans – run on the spot.
  • Jumping beans – jump on the spot.
  • Jelly beans – shake your whole body like jelly.
  • Baked beans – wipe your brow and say, ‘Phew!’.
  • Beans on toast – lie flat on the floor.
  • Chilli beans – shiver as though you are very cold.
  • Mr. Bean – shrug your shoulders and make a confused face.
  • Beanie Baby – suck on your thumb.
  • Human beans – exclaim, ‘To bean or not to bean!’
  • Bean bags – huddle in a ball on the floor.

It’s nice to let the students add their own beans to the list, my students are a fan of French bean (Ooh la la!), disco bean and of course…farting bean.

With older students it can also be good to add eliminations for those who do the wrong action. This can really raise the energy and focus.

With younger students you will probably have to play too so don’t be afraid to look silly! Keep the list a little shorter for the first few weeks and introduce new beans gradually.

If your class are getting bored of the same old beans, try Space Beans instead!

Top tip: If the class are getting a little too crazy shout ‘beans on toast’ and take a few seconds longer to think about the next bean. These few seconds of lying still can really bring the energy level back down, especially with younger kids.

Lots of colourful jelly beans. Beans is an energising drama warmup game which is suitable for all ages.

Mark a space to keep your students socially distant (without damaging your floor)

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.

2 comments

  1. I am going to try these activities with my grandchildren. One is on the autistic spectrum and craft activities and drama seems to help her keep calm. It also helps her gain confidence or understanding of situations she finds difficult. This site will help as I’ve seen the creator at work, her approach to children in a learning environment is amazing, especially SEND. kids.

    1. Thank you Carol, this is great feedback and I hope you have a lot of fun with our activities and they help the grandkids!

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