This is a fun warm-up activity. Tell the children to copy all your actions.
Pretend you are asleep and suddenly wake up and are late for school. Everything you do is done on the spot but in a hurry. Brush your teeth, wash your face, put your clothes on, run downstairs, run back up (forgot to put trousers / skirt on) back downstairs, eat breakfast, pick up your bag, open the front door, shut the door, run down the street, jump over a hedge, look both ways, cross the road etc.
Finally, arrive at school, slowing down, panting and puffing, then suddenly stop at the closed gates.
You must provide a running commentary whilst doing the actions, and you can make it as fun as you like with as many actions as necessary to warm up the children. It is a fun and easy-to-follow pulse-raiser.
A similar cool-down activity (contributed by a visitor) is called “Getting ready for bed”. This involves a lot of stretching as we mime removing clothes, hugging teddy bears, etc. It ends with children lying on the floor ‘asleep’.