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Teaching the arts with group games & activities


A very effective and engaging way to teach arts curriculum is through the use of fun group games and activities.

Many group games and activities are ideally suited to the development and practise of certain arts skills because they are inherently creative and attractive to play. Group activities can explicitly or implicitly help students grow in their knowledge and use of basic art skills through play.

Key skills such as expression, performance, creativity, imagination and context, can all be taught through the use of specific experiential group games and exercises.

Take a look at the samples listed at the bottom of this page to explore some great activity ideas to blend with your existing arts curriculum.


Benefits of Integrating Group-Based Games Into Your Arts Classes

Some of the more powerful reasons teachers integrate the use of group games and activities into their arts and related studies include:

  • Group games are often playful and fun and consequently inspire creativity and imagination.
  • Ideal for generating energy to more easily comprehend abstract or difficult content;
  • Some experiential activities are specifically focused on the use and practise of certain visual and performing art skills, eg leadership, presentations, teamwork and debriefing; and
  • When facilitated well, group games can help build critical social and emotional skills within the group.

If for no other reason, your group will enjoy your art classes more because of the many fun and relevant group games you presented.


Group Activities Which Support & Amplify Arts Curricula

The images below provide links to a sample of group activities which can be easily integrated into your existing curriculum to teach visual and performing art skills, drawn from playmeo’s ever-expanding activity database.

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Poker Face

Trust exercise that focuses on inclusion & diversity.


Emoji Cards

Useful set of emotive cards to encourage fun & reflection.


Climer Cards

Fun deck of cards to inspire team-building & creativity.


Name-Tag Mania

A creative, interactive use for name-tags.


Making Connections

Simple ice-breaker to connect group members to others.


Paper Holding

Dynamic team-building exercise, ideal for small groups.


Super Smile

Active circle game to generate lots of smiles & laughter.


Tea Cup Stretch

Innovative stretch & balance exercise for individuals.