Nursery Rhyme Action


Create an improved version of well-known nursery rhymes with actions.

How Do I Play It?

Start in a Drama circle.

Choose a well known nursery rhyme or song, such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and ensure the group is fairly familiar with this.

Recite the nursery rhyme around the circle by saying one word each.

Introduce actions to accompany the repetitve words.

For example, for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:

  • Twinkle - Twinkley fingers
  • Little - Bend knees
  • Star - Star jump

Ask the group to suggest a nursery rhyme or popular song to develop this further.


For an older group – this can be done with tongue twisters

For example, Two toads who were totally tired, tried to trot to Tewkesbury.

Small Groups, Whole Group
Medium (5 - 10 mins)
Character, 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.