Top 5 Improvisational Games

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Hey all! Get your kiddos out of their seats this summer with these fun improv games from our Talk to the Camera summer camps. 

Zip, Zap, Zoom

Zip, Zap, Zoom can be difficult in a big group so this is a game primarily for our older students. To start off, all students stand in a big circle. In the game, each word has a specific direction it can travel in.

For example, Zip can only move around the circle by passing it to someone directly to your right whereas, Zap can only be passed to someone on your left. Zoom can go anywhere in the circle EXCEPT your immediate left or right. Once everyone is getting the hang of it, speed it up! See how fast you all can go to make it even harder!

Zip, Zap, Zoom ensures students make eye contact and engage. This is very important in acting because you may need to give your fellow actors some type of cue when speaking is prohibited!  

Red Ball

Red Ball is so great for all ages!! You all stand in a circle and pretend to toss around an invisible ball. Each person can change what type of ball they are receiving but if you drop the ball, you’re out. Students are expected to interpret the size and weight of their imaginary ball. This concept can get pretty creative.   

Red Ball enhances awareness and focus while students are challenged to practice pantomime. Red ball is a really great ice breaker game with kiddos just getting comfortable with each other. 

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Meet the Camera

Meet the Camera reminds students to respect the equipment by personifying the camera. I start this game off by taking a class vote for the camera’s name. Once we name the camera, I start with one student and have them pass it around the table. When each student has the camera in their hand they must introduce themselves and repeat the equipment safety guidelines:

  1. Do not touch the camera unless you were given permission by an instructor
  2. If you are assisting the director, step away from equipment right after you push the record button to eliminate the risk of shaky shots
  3. Remember to always be conservative with battery power on equipment

Selfie Game

The Selfie Game allows students to introduce themselves and share a couple of things they’re interested in. The point of this game from an instructor’s perspective is to start getting them used to developing unique intros and outros like a traditional YouTuber. Another element to slip into your lesson is the importance of mentioning how often they will be posting videos as well. Here’s an example of the composition:

Student: “Hiya spudlovers! My name is KaseyAnne, in my channel I will be doing cooking tutorials and Kitchen Tip Tuesdays. I will be posting every Wednesday, so stay tuned in to hear all of my kitchen secrets and stay behind the scenes with me! Please subscribe and comment what you want me to post next. Sionara taters!”

The Selfie Game prepares students for their YouTube trailers. This game is a precursor to the trailer activity that may or may not need a script prepared. Depending on the student, this activity starts the planning process that explains structure and layout for their trailers.

Ask each student, “What are two or three topics will you be covering in your episodes?” This video will be an introduction to the theme of their channel. 

Sneaky Statues

Sneaky Statues teaches holding a pose or creating a character on the spot. One student will be chosen to be “it”. For players in the game, they must choose a statue pose, this could be a famous Renaissance sculpture or a simple character like a cat. 

All of the sculptures will try to change into different poses if whoever’s “it” is not looking. “It” will travel around the group trying to catch one of the sculptures moving. If a sculpture is caught they’re considered out and must sit down. 

The point is to reinstill how important it is to hold still on some sets. Sneaky Statues encourages creativity as students strive to make up different characters on the spot.

These five games will get your kids introduced to acting and videography basics! While they make new friends and learn new skills, students are preparing for their own on-camera performance without even knowing it. Encourage them to express themselves and just have fun with it! For more information on our Talk to the Camera summer camps, please contact us at info@talktothecamera.com.