This activity is ideal for use as a warm-up before the main part of most lessons.
1) The children should begin by walking around the room in any direction.
2) On the various commands listed below, they should carry out the appropriate action:
|Jump around the room
|Run around the room (looking out for other people).
|OR Running on the spot (more suitable for younger children than running around the room)
|Stretch your arms and legs out as wide as you can.
|Walk around the room taking as large strides as possible
|Jump in a star shape
|Lay on the floor in a star shape until the next command is given.
|OR Lie on floor and Sunbathe
|Move around the room slouching and doing silly movements
|Wobble like a jelly
|Shiver and shake
|Children have to stand very still.
|Walk around with a puzzled/vacant expression, muttering under your breath!
|Stand on tiptoes and make yourself as tall and thin as possible.
|Stand on the spot, making yourself as long and thin as a piece of string
|OR Find 2 partners, hold hands and run around in space.
|OR Make a long thin shape
|OR pretend to play an “air guitar” or violin!
|Stand on the spot with one hand over one eye.
|BAKED BEANS ON TOAST
|Lie flat on the floor, spreading arms and legs out as far as possible.
|OR Children lie in middle of area as close to each other as possible
|OR Find a partner and lay on the floor
|DOUBLE BAKED BEANS ON TOAST
|Two sets of partners join together and lay on the floor
|Lie on the floor in the ‘foetal’ position.
|Children should all run together to form a group.
|The children arrange themselves into groups of four, three of them create arches with their body and the other crawls underneath them.
|Walk around the room, crying like a baby or be like a bean bag!
|Strike a pose and shout “Bonjour!”
|BACK TO BACK BEAN
|Find a partner and stand back to back until the next command.
|Based on the well known actor and Sheffield United fan. The children stand with their hands in the air – celebrating a goal and shouting the well known sheffield united exclamation : “C’mon you red and white wizzaarrrrrrrddddsssssssss!!!!!!!!!”
|Pretend to play the character “Sharpe”, or playing football.
|Stand still with arms and upper body bent forwards at waist.
|OR Bend over and try to touch your toes!
|OR Freeze and bend into a C shape and shout Chillie Con Carne!
|OR Make a Kidney shape on the floor
|Slide around on bottom (indoors)
|OR Make a cuboid shape
|Running on the spot (i.e. we humans dash about and get nowhere fast!!!!)
|Walk about wobbling your tummy saying “Ho,Ho, Ho”.
|FULL OF BEANS
|Dance around really energetically!
|WHERE’VE YOU BEAN?
|Puzzled expression, with hand over eyebrows peering into the distance.
|Walk around with a pretend walking stick as if old and frail.
|Point behind you, look behind you, or walk backwards.
|All lying on the floor pretending to be dead.
|Children walk haughtily with noses in air, waving one hand
|JELLY BELLY BEAN
|Students lay on floor on their bellies and wiggle.
|NOT A BEAN
|Wandering around the room looking sad
|Walk round slowly like an old person.
|Children get into small groups
|Children rub their knee etc. as if they have been pushed off a swing!!
|You can use this at the end of the activity the children lie flat on their backs.
|Children could start crouched on the floor and grow up slowly until they are straight and tall like the beanstalk in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.
|Dr L.F. Lowenstein
|OR children run up the bean stalk when you shout GIANT they climb back down and chop the beanstalk down.
|Children either wave their magic wand or waggle their fingers as if casting a spell.
|OR children return to the exact spot they started the game in (useful to get them to find identifying features of their starting point).
|OR children skip around room waving a wand.
|Children crouch down on haunches, wrap arms around knees, and bounce on balls of their feet.
|Children stretch themselves very tall in a space.
|Children run around, touching the floor, and jump up (with a PING!) into a star shape.
|Stomp around the floor looking mean and moody.
|Children get into pairs, and lean back to back supporting each others weight.
|Children roll around the floor pretending to laugh.
|Walk around the room, pretending to brush your teeth.
|Children walk around the room laughing!
|Children walk around the room crying!
|Children walk around the room pretending to be sad!
|Children walk around the room pretending to be happy!
|Children start in crouching position and then spring up suddenly towards the sky!
|Children crouch and scratch around like chickens with their arms folded in as wings. Chicken noises could be made.
|Children put their hands as though they are paws in front of their chests and look around eagerly like a Lemur!
|THREE BEAN SALAD
|Children get into threes, one on the bottom sitting on the floor, the next on their lap, the final one on the middle ones lap.
|Children get into pairs. One sits on the floor, the other on their lap
|Pretend to be a bean bag, being thrown between two people.
|A child would inflate as a beanbag by breathing in deeply through nose and exhaling through their mouth.
|BOGGIS, BUNCE AND BEAN
|After reading Fantastic Mr Fox, a year 3 child suggested: ‘Boggis, Bunce and Bean’ – Children get into 3s, and each pretends to be one of the three farmers (one fat, one short, one lean (all mean)).
|Children freeze and make a suitable sound like Superman.
|Children all join hands, or have a group hug!
|Children strike a pose and hold it like they are made out of wax.
|Children snap their fingers.
|HILL OF BEANS
|“Hill of Beans” as we old timers used to say in reference to something not mattering very much as “It doesn`t amount to a Hill of Beans.” The children could do the Mountain Climbing exercise (Get on your hands and one foot with the other foot stretched back and switch legs several times).
|Children could walk around pretending to be devious and looking naughty!
|Children hold hand in air as if they are lassoing a cow. The children call “ye how”!!!!
|Lie on floor with a partner side by side and roll towards and away from each other.
Thanks to numerous contributions from visitors, many of the commands have more than one possible action. In these cases, you might want to choose one of the actions and teach this to the children. You could also show them all the possible actions related to each command, and let them choose which one they prefer.
You could also ask a particular child to demonstrate a particular bean action, and ask other children to guess what type of bean it is!
A variation, contributed by Niki… one caller calls a selection of bean types:
- Jumping beans – jumping round the room
- Runner beans – running round
- Broad beans – stretching broadly (star shapes) etc
When ‘baked beans’ is said, the caller then tries to catch everyone and stick to them. Caught beans help with getting everyone stuck together until there’s no one left unstuck!