Great for primary grades and great introduction to building interesting tableaux. Choose 5 to 7 players, number them 1, 2, 3, etc. Choose a location in which the scene will take place (i.e. The Magical Forest). Player 1 enters the stage, says “I’m a [character or object in the scene] and I [do some action/have some feeling]” he then freezes in a pose that shows what he is and holds that pose for the entire scene.
Player 1: “I’m a huge tree and I have lived in this forest for ten thousand years” (poses like a tree)
Player 2: “I’m a magic squirrel and I hide my acorns in this old tree.” (poses like a squirrel digging acorns at the base of the tree)
Tips: Try to have each new character build from the one(s) previous. This encourages listening, teamwork, and cooperation.
Encourage students to choose a pose that they can easily hold for a while.
Extensions: Add in “activations” where you can see parts of the scene come to life. (ex. “Activate the Tree and the squirrel for 5 seconds. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Freeze.”)
Attribution: Alastair Forbes and I first used this game in our Bad Dog Youth program curriculum. We used it as a way to introduce all of our players at the beginning of a set. Most recently I’ve used it with younger children to set up storytelling.