Pass The Emotion


Pass emotions around the circle and see everyones smiley face!

How Do I Play It?

Sit in a Drama circle.

With very little explanation simply say that we're going to pass a smile around the circle. Start this off by passing a big smile to the person sat to your left, and then encourage it all the way around.

Using the same principle, pass further emotions or feelings.

  • Sad
  • Excited
  • Angry
  • Hungry
  • Scared
  • etc

This works particularly well for the younger groups.


Ask the students for suggestions of feelings/emotions.


This can be adapted for the age range with more mature emotions such as jealousy, embarassment, shyness etc.

You could add a line of dialogue, and even base the dialogue on a theme.

Whole Group
Short (5 mins or less)
Character, Spontaneity
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.