4 Acting & Improv Activities for Kids

4 Acting & Improv Activities for Kids

It’s time to get silly with storytelling! Whether it’s telling a story one word at a time with a partner or acting out a skit without words, storytelling games provide endless fun for kids!

“Storytelling provides a developmentally appropriate and engaging way for children to express their imagination and share their original ideas,” says Helen Hadani, Ph.D., Head of Research at Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. “Children are free to invent their own characters and events that are personally meaningful to them.”

When kids tell a story they practice perspective taking—or putting themselves in another person’s shoes—which is a key component of flexible thinking, explains Hadani. Storytelling also helps children practice important communication and language skills. For example, younger kids practice vocabulary development, while older kids learn metaphor, humor, and sarcasm.

Encourage your child’s imagination—try these four low-cost storytelling activities from Creativity Catapult, the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s online library of creativity-boosting activities.

1. One Word Stories

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Kids create a unique and spontaneous three sentence story as a group. Each player adds one word to the story and then it alternates to another player.

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2. Fairytale Flip

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Kids put a creative spin on a classic fairytale! The goal is to retell a fairytale through the eyes of a character or object other than the main protagonist.

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3. Select Your Words Carefully

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After selecting seven words at random, kids are challenged to pantomime a two-minute skit and speak only those seven words during the performance. This game pushes children to be spontaneous and creative on the spot.

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4. Dubbing

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In this partner activity, kids work together to act out an original story. One player moves freely but cannot speak while the other player dubs the story, speaking and providing sound effects.

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Let us know how these activities go! Share your feedback with us here or share your favorite moments with us on social media using #BayAreaDiscoveryMuseum!


About the Contributor
Jennifer Moncayo-Hida is a Senior Communications Manager at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.