Improv games

Improv games list:

1. Count to 20
2. Freeze
3. 3 headed expert
4. Situational drama
5. Taboo
6.  Word association
7. Emotions
8. Letters
9. Name game
10. Walking blind

1. Count to 20:

– Sit or stand in a circle. The idea is for the group to count to twenty, one person saying one number at a time. Somebody is chosen to start the count. Anybody can say the next number – but if two or more people speak at the same time, counting must start again from the beginning. It is possible to get to twenty if everybody really concentrates – but try and be relaxed as well.

2. Freeze (the classic):

Two character scenes are spontaneously created and then altered when an outside student callouts “freeze!” and replaces the actor to begin an entirely new scene.

3. Three Headed Expert

Description: In the game we  need three participants who act as three heads within in a body. This three headed creature had problem while speaking to people, so they made a rule that only one head will speak at a time in clockwise order or anticlockwise direction

Instruction: Introduce the game like you are hosting a TV show. Tell them today we have a three head expert in the show. Ask students what are they expert in ? [eg. eating, swimming, dancing, it could be anything]. Start the game by asking relevant questions. Make sure only one head speaks at a time and the sentence ends with a full stop.  Don’t forget to build upon what the 3 head expert says. Encourage students to ask question and make sure everyone hears the question. Trust me it will be very fun activity.

4. Situational drama

Instruction: Write situations in a piece of paper and ask students to act the situations out.

5. Taboo (Materials: paper, pen )

-Make two teams (A and B)
-Each team comes up with a word and writes it on a piece of paper
-One member from Team A comes and looks at the word from Team B’s list
-Team B also tells 5 other word related with the above word.
-Then she goes to the middle and tries to explain the word from Team B but without mentioning the exact word and 5 other words team B mentioned.

6. Word association

Description: A Participant begins with a word, which is associated to another word by the next participant.
Example: Egg -> Omlet -> Piza -> Icecream -> Milk -> cow -> grass -> green -> tea  -> coffee
To make it more interesting you can ask them to just make the expression or action so that other can associate other action with it. You can also tell  a story out of it.

7. Emotion

-Form groups of 5-7
-Arrange the kids in a single row facing the audience
-Give each team to act out the emotions: Happy, Sad, Angry, Scared
-The first one in the row starts with a small emotion and the emotion gets magnified as it reaches the other end of the row

8. Letters

-Form groups of 3-5
-Ask each group to form a letter (Eg. L)
-Start with simple letters (L, I, T) and move on to complex letters (B, G, M, X,R,S)

9. Name Game

-Get to know names and something about each person.
-Understand how to pantomime and communicate ideas.

-Gather students in a circle. Have each student say their name and do a gesture for each syllable. The action should be simple and can demonstrate a hobby, interest they have or something that they do everyday, or just a movement they like.  Example: I say “Deep-ish” and gesture a deep dive to represent ‘deep’ and a floating hand gesture to represent ‘ish’, hence my name Dipesh. Each student says their name individually and demonstrates the gesture and everyone repeats the name and gesture. Repeat the process around the circle until all have shared their name and gesture. If time allows or at another time have those who wish to challenge their memory demonstrate all the names and gestures for everyone.


I’m an engineer and an educator. In 2012, I co-founded Karkhana, an education company that designs learning experiences for middle school students. I play guitar and enjoy writing both computer programs and my own songs. I also like illustrating my friends as South Park cartoon characters using Inkscape.

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