• Entertainment and Activities
    Play Acting
    Play Mime
    Play MimeDirections Mime is a form of acting which uses gestures and actions instead of words. You might have seen a mime on a street corner or on television. They usually have white faces and dress in black and white. The idea is to pick someth...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Play Acting
    Bag Skit
    Bag SkitMaterials Large paper bags Various household items for props Directions This is a fun group activity, but can also be done alone and then performed for the family. Ask someone who is not playing with you to put twelve props into the larg...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Play Acting
    Silly Sentence Skit
    Silly Sentence SkitMaterials Index cards Pen or pencil Directions On index cards, write down twenty sentences like the following: Look, a cat climbed through the window!, I have to go to the toilet, Can you believe what Alice did?, etc. Decide on...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Play Acting
    Shadow Play
    Shadow PlayMaterials Thick tape or thumb tacks White sheet Portable light Dark room Directions Hang up the sheet in a way that doesn't damage the wall or ceiling. Put the light behind the sheet. Turn off the lights and act out a play between the ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Play Acting
    Laughing Hands
    Laughing HandsDirections This activity involves two people. One person stands or sits directly in front of the other with hands behind the back. It is important that this person's arms do not show. The front person provides the voices and facial...
  • School and Learning
    Theater
    Act It Out
    Act It OutFor most children, drama begins informally at a very young age. Playing with dolls is drama; playing store or hospital is drama; and playing cops and robbers is drama. Children also observe drama on TV, in movies, and onstage. This acti...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    How to Get Involved
    School Is Allowing "Immoral" Theater
    What can parents do when the school drama department chooses plays that contain sexual content and curse words? ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Indoor Activities
    Act It Out Game
    Act It Out GameAges:4 to 10 Materials:Index cards, markers, large piece construction paper, erasers. On the back of 3x5 index cards, write various activities for people to do: Organize the actions by categories, such as Animals ("Make a cow sound...
    Steve Bennett