This drama exercise demonstrates to the children how important it is to project their voices.
What You Need:
- three bean bags
What You Do:
Place three bean bags in front of a row of children. One about 10 feet away from them – the second about 20 feet away, the third about 35-40 feet away (this can obviously be changed to suit the physical environment of the class).
- Ask each child to look directly at the first bean bag, say their name and the name of their favorite animal.
- Instruct him to say the exact same things to the second bean bag.
- Would he speak with the same volume? Of course not – the “person” is further away.
- When asked to address the third bean bag, he obviously should be projecting his voice as loud as he can.
- After all the class has addressed the bean bags, let them know they were really acting in a play just then – reaching the first three rows, the middle rows, and the back rows of the theatre!