Note: Do not reveal the name of this activity until afterwards! It
relies on an element of surprise.
This is a fun, physical, group warmup activity which works with all ages.
In a circle, explain that it is important to warm up one's body from head
to toe before participating in physical games and activities.
Starting with legs, ask people to try to get their knee to touch their
chin. Try each leg alternately. Ask for 10 knee to chin
touches. It is not easy, some can do it, many can't.
Then move on to the arms. One side at a time, stick thumb under armpit
and "flap" (don't use this word) it up and do a side stretch. Three
times on each side.
Then explain that its important to warmup one's vocal cords for group
games. Grab the skin around your Adam's apple (demonstrate) and
waggle it side to side. Then ask for some gutteral noises, as much
as possible, then ask for someone animal noises.
Finally, put it all together - demonstrate and encourage - walking around
raising knees in air, flapping both arms and making animal noises (at some
point start encouraging the chicken noises) and you have a mob of warmed
up, feeling silly, kind of outfoxed, intrigued students.
Total ~ 5-10 minutes.
A surprise physical warmup activity. Demonstrate 3 different
stretches which, when put together, turns each person into a chicken
(hen) and the group into a clucking and squawking chickenyard. Very
funny, works with any age.