drop of a hat





£16.99 for a limited time only

About The Book

Drop of a Hat: Drama Lessons, Games and Activities is for any teacher who wants to bring the curriculum to life through drama and creativity. Each lesson is based on a story, poem or theme and divided into bite-sized sections. If you’re looking for a quick fix, just choose a couple of activities. If you’re new to drama, there’s a section at the back describing the games and strategies in detail.

You’ll find approaches for using drama to raise standards in literacy and to explore stories, characters and themes. Topics covered include global warming, looking after pets, dealing with bullying and exploring issues around refugees. There are over a dozen activities for using Drama in Science as well as a lively introduction to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


These drama games and strategies are extremely adaptable and can be applied to so many subjects and themes. You’ll discover a myriad of ideas you can pick up and use — at the Drop of a Hat.

What’s inside


Lesson Plans


Beautiful Illustrations


Activity Sheets


Directory of Games and Strategies


Drama Across the Curriculum


Drama for Literacy


Dramatic play is already familiar to children as one of the main ways in which they learn before starting school. Imaginative thought, role play and make-believe are inbuilt skills which drama games and strategies tap into. Why not use drama when it enables children to internalise their understanding of subjects and topics through active and fun engagement with their peers?

Drop of a Hat is aimed at any teacher who wants to bring the curriculum to life through creative drama teaching methods. To begin, we hope that you will simply flick through the book, pick an idea and try it out.

The focus of the book is on using drama as a method of teaching and learning across the curriculum. You don’t need to be a drama teacher to use the book.

In fact, it’s aimed at classroom teachers, teaching assistants and practitioners with any level of experience. If you want to read more about the drama games and strategies, a section at the back provides additional detail.

About the author

David Farmer is an award-winning online course designer, freelance theatre director and drama consultant. He has developed these drama games and techniques through decades of workshops with children, teachers and arts practitioners across the world. This is his fifth book on drama teaching and he also shares ideas through his website at www.dramaresource.com.