The energy of your class is really important and as the conductor of those dynamics you will need tools to help you to do this. Energy games are just the thing you need to help a group gain momentum, exaggerate and gain physical awareness.

On a practical note they are also great for combating a cold classroom or the afternoon lethargy.


8 Count Shake

An energetic physical warm-up that helps to generate energy.

Doctor's Surgery

There's only one spare seat in the waiting room and nobody wants you to sit in it! A great energy game promoting teamwork.

Fruit Bowl / Anyone Who?

A classic game than can be adapted and used in a variety of ways.

Fruit Salad

Warm-up with a fun game that is great as a starter but can be developed beyond 'fruit'.

Grandmother's Footsteps

A firm favourite of younger players....creeping up on a suspicious Grandmother.

Jumping Jelly Beans!

A firm favourite game that is fun and energetic.


A popular large group game where groups go into battle against one another.

Games could be a beginning starter, an introducing step during a workshop or as an end plenary. They are a platform for further development and are never meant to be the whole session on their own.

The nature of drama games is that they are shared, adapted and extended. The original author is not so important as the shared practice. You’ll find games on the site that you’ve seen before, called something different or that you even use in your own teaching toolkit.

We hope that among the known games are ideas of how to refresh old ones as well as new games to use.