Pass The Word


How many different meanings can a word have based on how it is said?

How Do I Play It?

Students are sat in a circle and they have to pass a particular word around the circle each taking turns to say the word.

You can change dynamics, speed or have a physical gesture.

E.g. If the word was 'hello' the task is to say it in as many different tones/ways to affect meaning.


For younger age groups perhaps use a different word as an example to demonstrate first and ask them to interpret your emotion.


You can use a phrase and experiment with just changing the tone, adding pauses or silence which can all affect meaning.

Pairs, Small Groups, Whole Group
Short (5 mins or less)
Character, 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.