Mystery Pantomime

Mystery Pantomime lesson plan

  • 1.

    In this youthful version of Charades, children pantomime a familiar theme. Some possibilities: eat food (twirl spaghetti, sip soup, peel a banana, lick an ice cream cone, drink with a straw), animal movements (elephant, kangaroo, rabbit, snake), and jobs

  • 2.

    After lots of first-hand experiences—creative movement (fingerplays such as Johnny Hammers With One Hammer), pretend play (see How Animals Move), music (;The Elephants;), and acting out favorite stories—children will confidently approach this new challeng

  • 3.

    At first, you may need to demonstrate how this Creative Experience works. Help children write and read their cards. Soon they will be able to do this independently.

  • 4.

    With your friends, choose a theme with fun things to act out. Let’s say the theme you pick is a carpenter.

  • 5.

    To make cards: On an index card, write your idea for pantomiming something a carpenter does, such as pound nails, use a tape measure, or saw wood. With Crayola® Washable Markers, write the words and illustrate the activity. Make several different cards wi

  • 6.

    To pantomime: Mix up the cards that you and your friends made. One child at a time chooses a card and decides how to act out the idea.

  • 7.

    Pantomime the activity for the group. Who can figure out what you’re doing? That person gets the next turn. Make new cards often.


  • Asking Questions
  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Reading Pictures
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Balance
  • Physical: Large Motor
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Making Friends
  • Social & Emotional: Pretend Play
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Problem Solving