Human sculpture games for kids can be used for playground or party activities or as exercises for drama class. Simple games require only that players freeze in place; more complex versions involve teams, guessing or physical interaction. Human sculpture games do not utilize any props or equipment, although they may need to be supervised by an adult, who acts as a coach or referee.
Freeze tag can have many variations. Usually, one chld is designated as "it" and will chase the other children. When a child is tagged by "it," he must freeze in place. The children who are free can unfreeze the frozen child, usually by tagging. In another version, the frozen child can be freed by one of the other players crawling between his legs. In this case, only boys should unfreeze boys and girls unfreeze girls.
Swing the Statue
Swing the statue is played by two-person teams. One child holds the other by the hand and swings him around in a circle and then lets go. The child being swung must hold the position in which he stops. If a child loses his balance or breaks the freeze, that team loses. Another variation that could be used for parties is to have an adult act as a judge and award prizes for the most interesting, funniest or prettiest "statue."
Guess the Sculpture
This game is played by teams or partners and is similar to charades. The sculpture team poses, creating a scene representing an activity or a fictional or historical character. Other players must guess what the sculpture team is trying to convey. This can be used as a party game.
Games for Drama Students
Human sculptures can be used in several ways in the drama classroom. Assign each student a partner. One child will be the "clay" and the other will be the sculptor. The sculptor then lightly touches the "clay's" arm, leg or head. The "clay" responds by moving that body part, guided by the sculptor, to form a statue. Human statues can also be used in conjunction with improvisation, wherein one child enacts a specific activity and then freezes in position at a word from the director. Another child must then decide what the pose represents and begin a dialogue with the "statue."
Tag and swing the statue have been banned at some schools on the grounds that they involve too much physical contact, with the potential for harm to the participants. Another consideration is that drama students can become quite daring when creating their sculptures. Human sculpture games should always be supervised for the safety of all concerned.