Fruit Salad

Summary

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

How Do I Play It?

Students are on chairs in a Drama circle.

The teacher explains the game and labels everyone around the circle a type of fruit (apple, peach, banana, orange, etc).

Then the teacher takes away one chair and one of the students is in the centre of the circle as the caller.

The student in the middle calls the name of a fruit, and everyone in the circle with that name must swap places and find another chair to sit on.

At the same time the person in the middle must try to find a chair.

The person left standing is the new caller.

Calling out "fruit bowl" means everyone must change places.

Tips

Choose other words themed to the lesson instead of fruit.

Add interactions into the game, e.g. people must meet each other in the middle in the style of.....

Variations

To turn this into an exercise, rather than a game, remove the notion of a caller and the race for chairs by the teacher remaining as the caller.

This will allow more narration for when characters or styles are used instead of fruit.

This is a great exercise for developing characters, e.g. if studying a play you could label the group by characters in that play, such as "Policeman, Robber, Victim, Witness". When the group move within the circle they are to move in character.

Participants
Whole Group
Expertise
Novice
Duration
Medium (5 - 10 mins)
Skills
Character, Spatial Awareness
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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.