Shake a Hand! Shake a Hand!

The more high tech our world becomes, the more we need to balance it with a sense of touch. Use these handshakes to greet your children and to start your day by letting them know how much you care!

BUTTERFLY HANDSHAKE - Clasp right thumbs together. Extend fingers and flutter hands around like a butterfly.
3 "H" HELLO - Go up to each child and ask them which "H" they would like to have - a "high five," "hug," or "handshake." They can also ask for a "triple play" which means they want all three!
LUMBERJACK HANDSHAKE - Stick right thumbs in the air. Clasp with left fist. Grasp partner's right fingers and pretend to "saw" back and forth.
GHOST HANDSHAKE - Extend both arms and cross them over as you wave them in the air and go "Oooooo!"
BIKER HANDSHAKE - One person pretends to be the motorcycle by sticking their thumbs up in front of them. The other person grabs their thumbs and pretends to turn them as they make a "rrrrrmmm" noise.
FISHERMAN HANDSHAKE - Partners place right palms on each other's forearms and tap gently. (It will feel like a wiggling fish!)
GARBAGEMAN HANDSHAKE - Partners take right hands, extend them, and slide down each other's arm from the elbow to fingertips. Then they pretend to shake their hand as if trying to shake off garbage.
FARMER HANDSHAKE - One partner is the cow. Cross fingers, stick up thumbs, then bring thumbs in toward body and point down. (You guessed it - the cow's udders!) The partner grasps "udders" and pretends to milk. "Udderly" fun!
THUMBS, BACKS, ELBOWS, ETC. - Challenge children to say "hello" with their elbows, thumbs, wrists, ankles, patellas, and other body parts. (Easily adaptable for ESL classrooms.)

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