Playing Shakespeare

Shakespeare challenges you to use his clues to find the mystery character that he is thinking about.

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While Playing: 
  • Play this game with your child. Take turns eliminating characters in order to find the one that Shakespeare is thinking of. Encourage your kids to flip the cards and read about the characters before making an elimination.
  • Listen to Shakespeare talk about the play. Try to find a kid's version in the public library in your neighbourhood.


Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

The Playing Shakespeare educational web activity is a great way for your kids to understand the idea of "character", especially as it relates to a play. This game meets many expectations in multiple grades, one of which is:

Language: Reading
Read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, graphic and informational texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning.

At-Home Activities: 
  • Choose one of the plays to focus on; Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Choose a scene for you and your kids to act out.
  • Once you have chosen a scene, make puppet characters, either from single socks, or from clothespins (you can buy these at any craft store, or department store).
  • Copy the scene for each person involved in the play.
  • Practice the scene with the puppets.
  • Set up your own puppet theatre.
  • Act out the scene with your puppets for friends and family!