Jumping Jelly Beans!


A firm favourite game that is fun and energetic.

How Do I Play It?

Every student has a space in the room and the teacher is the caller.

Each type of bean call out has a particular action that the students do:

Broad beanStretch as far as you can
String beanReach as tall and high as you can
Frozen beanFreeze like a statue, or shiver
Jelly beanWobble your whole body
French beanSay in a French accent "oooh la, la"
Jumping beanJump on the spot


The frozen bean is useful to bring the energy back down.


There are countless actions you can add to the bean call outs and students can create their own.

Whole Group
Short (5 mins or less)
Imagination, Improvisation, 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.