Word Ping Pong


A great exercise to bring those involved into the Drama thought space.

How Do I Play It?

The teacher puts students into pairs and tells the students a particular word e.g. sky.

Explain to the students this is a word association game, where they mustn’t pause, hesitate, repeat a word, or say a word that doesn’t connect.

The words are generated from one person to the other in their pairs e.g. Sky, blue, sea, beach etc


This can be a useful recap tool.


This can be all connected to one particular word – sky, clouds, birds, fly.

Or connected to each word said – sky, blue, colour, red, angry - so it forms a connected chain.

Short (5 mins or less)
Concentration, Improvisation, Spontaneity, Voice
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.