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BANG Name Game

Drama Games for Kids| Name Game | First Day of School Activity

This name game is included in the FREE collection of drama games for teenagers (Middle School and High School).

'Bang' Name Game

This is a class favourite game, fantastic for a drama warm-up or end of class activity but also brilliant to learn names!

Students stand in a circle and make sure they know the names of the two students either side of them. Explain that as people go out, the students who are standing next to them will change and they must always make sure they know the name of the students on either side of them. This encourages students to learn names throughout the game and assists the teacher who can call names off the roll.

Students get their ‘guns’ ready, holding both hands together in front of them (no single guns in each hand – only one gun allowed). As the teacher starts calling out student names, the student whose name is called out must “duck” out of the way and the two students on either side must turn and shoot at each other saying “BANG”.  

If the student in the middle (whose name was called out) does not duck out of the way in time – they are out. Otherwise, the last student to shoot and say “BANG” is out. Whoever gets shot must perform a dramatic death and is out.  Keep playing until there are only 2 students left.


Addition: Make the students do a 360 degree circle before shooting and saying “BANG”.


Western Standoff (use the following quick activity to get a winner whenever there are 2 students left in a game). Two students stand with their backs to each other. Tell the students the “magic number”. As the teacher calls out random numbers the students take a step away from each other. When the “magic number” is called, the first student to turn around and shoot is the winner.

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