Grandmother's Footsteps


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

How Do I Play It?

Choose a ‘Grandmother’ who stands on one side of the room facing a wall everyone else is to stand the other end of the room.

The objective is for everyone to creep up on ‘Grandmother’.

At any point (for instance if they hear movement), grandmother can turn around, whereupon any child caught moving has to return to the far wall and start again from there.


Introduce restraint by turning the floor into treacle or quicksand, or only allowing slow-motion movements.


Grandmother could be adapted to suit the purpose e.g. a sleeping lion and all the animals creeping up, or Father who is washing up and the children want to sneak up and get a cookie.

Small Groups, Whole Group
Short (5 mins or less)
Spatial Awareness, Teamwork
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.