HIPS AND LIPS
Tell children to put one hand on their hips,
and one hand on their lips.
(Model this as you strut down the hall!)
1, 2, 3, 4,
Come and meet me at the door.
5, 6, 7, 8,
Hurry now or we'll be late.
I'M LOOKING STRAIGHT AHEAD
Children repeat this chant before leaving the room:
I'm looking straight ahead of me.
My arms are at my side.
My feet are quiet as can be.
I'm ready for outside.
Hint! Write on a poster and tape to the door.
Write the numbers 1-25 (or however many children there are in your classroom)
on plastic poker chips. Next, cut a slit in the top of a snack size Pringle's can and
insert the chips in the can. When it's time to line up, let each child choose a chip from
the can. As you call out their number, they line up and drop their chip in the slit.
Hint! You could also write number words on the back of the chips.
Adaptations: Substitute "tickets" (1"x 2 1/2" cardboard) for the plastic chips.
MARSHMALLOW HANDS AND FEET
Have the children put "marshmallows" in their mouths.
(Puff out cheeks.)
And put "marshmallows" on their feet.
(Model walking slowly and gently.)
Adaptations: Children could also have "museum hands." (Clasp hands behind their backs.)
*They could walk "slow motion" like astronauts.
*They could also be a "secret agent" that no one can see!
Cut out 26 feet from construction paper and write a different letter on each one. Starting at your door, place these on the floor in ABC order. Cover with clear contact paper. Give each child a letter, then have them stand on the foot with that letter to line up.
Hint! You could also have the children stand on the letter that their first or last name begins with.
Hint! Challenge children to say the alphabet backwards as they are lining up. They'll be thinking so hard they won't be able to push!
This simple technique is a great way to reinforce shapes, colors, letters, words, etc. Each day write a letter, word, color, etc. on a strip of paper and tape it to the top of your door frame. Explain that it's the "password of the day" and they should look at it and whisper what it is every time they go in and out the door.
Hint! You can also choose one child each day to be the "gate keeper." That child stands at the door with their arm out. As each child correctly identifies the password, the gatekeeper puts up their arm and lets them out.