Study Guides Test Yourself Books MathFacts Math Diagnostics Math Tricks Videos
Class Photos Worksheets Insectclopedia Musiclopedia Techlopedia Teacher Timesavers Brain Teasers
Bean Bags Galore

 

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 or you could play initially on the spot.
2) On the various commands listed below, they should carry out the appropriate action:

Command

Action

JUMPING BEAN

Jump around the room

RUNNER BEAN

Run around the room (looking out for other people).

OR Running on the spot (more suitable for younger children than running around the room)

BROAD BEAN

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

BAKED BEAN

Lay on the floor in a star shape until the next command is given.

OR Lie on floor and Sunbathe

JELLY BEAN

Move around the room slouching and doing silly movements

Wobble like a jelly

CHILLI BEAN

Shiver and shake

FROZEN BEAN

Children have to stand very still.

MR. BEAN

Walk around with a puzzled/vacant expression, muttering under your breath!

BEAN SPROUTS

Stand on tiptoes and make yourself as tall and thin as possible.

STRING BEANS

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!

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

FRENCH BEANS

Stand in one spot and do the can-can

OR Strike a pose and shout "Bonjour!"

OR Strike a pose and shout "Oooh la la!"

BACK TO BACK BEAN

Find a partner and stand back to back until the next command.

COFFEE BEANS

All cough madly (hands over mouths of course)

KIDNEY BEANS

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 Chili Con Carne!

OR Make a Kidney shape on the floor

BUTTER BEANS

Slide around on bottom (indoors)

OR Make a cuboid shape

SANTA's BEEN

Walk about wobbling your tummy saying "Ho, Ho, Ho!”

HAS BEANS

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.

Walk Backwards

FLAT BEANS

You can use this at the end of the activity the children lie flat on their backs.

MAGIC BEAN

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.