Acting Emotions

Acting Emotions


  • To express imagination through creativity

  • To creatively collaborate with peers
  • To begin to recognise others’ expressions in connection with every day events

Time needed: 45 minutes

Group Size: 5 -25

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Prepared prompts

Description of the Tool:

Step 1: Divide the group into smaller groups of 3 – 6 people.

Step 2: Each team is given a list of 4 – 5 different emotions on it and a location; for example one team may get the beach as a location and happy sad, frustrated, excited and nervous as emotions.

Step 3: Each team creates a short play which contains all emotions set in the location given. It is very important that all persons have a role in the play.

Step 4: After some rehearsals, the teams perform their play. The teams not performing, will try to guess the emotions that are being acted out. 

Step 5: Following the plays, the educator takes some time to ask some debriefing questions such as:

  • Was it easy to show the emotion you had to play? If so, why? 
  • Would you like to show more your emotions? What keeps you back?
  • Are there times when it is better to hide what you feel?
  • What can you do to let others know how you feel?

Tips for educators

Check in frequently with the groups while they are working to make sure that they are carrying out the requested task. Do help them out in case of difficulty, however, do not give them all the ideas, they need to be creative.