Improv is all about having fun. There are parts of drama and acting that require the ability to act very serious and portray characters that are in more downtrodden circumstances. However, the beginning step in learning to play someone that is not your existing personality is to learn to make things up on the fly. You learn to adapt and be defined by the scene and what the other players are saying which paves the way to dramatic acting roles. Here are 2 warm up games that you can play when teaching drama to kids. If you try them and fall in love with this form of acting, consider buying a kids drama franchise to make money and teach for your living.
Party Host. Get a group of 10-25 students to stand up and spread themselves out in a circle. The object of this game is to pretend that every single person playing is the host of the party and has to introduce guests to each other. They make up occupations and respond on the fly. For example one student might say “Jacob, I absolutely must introduce you to Sarah, she is a tennis instructor down at the country club on Forest Avenue. Sarah, Jacob is financial analyst.” Conversation carries on and people constantly get pulled away by other anxious party hosts. Only let this game run for 2 or 3 minutes before it gets dull and repetitive.
Bucket. This is a game for a smaller number of players. It works best with anywhere from 2-5 people. To play, all you will need is a hat or bucket and 5 to 10 slips of paper with random statements, sentences, or odd exclamatory remarks written on them. Start a scene and learn to pick up a piece of paper and without reading it beforehand, work what is written on the paper into the scene. For example you might be talking about how you feel asleep in class and unknowingly stretched, yawned, and said in a sleepy daze (pick up paper) “Hey buddy! Those are my lucky trousers!” The other players would carry the conversation and would at some point work in their own slip of paper.