Here’s a physical warm-up we learned on our training day last week;
The Five Second Shower
hold a pretend bar of soap in on hand, and rub your hands together as though you are making a lather
while you are doing this, explain that you are about to take a 5-second shower, starting at your head and working down to your feet. In order to make sure you take just five seconds, we will count down backwards.
Ready? Go! 5 (head) 4 3 2 1 (feet)
Okay! Start “lathering” again, while you explain that you are going to do a 4-second shower.
Ready? Go! 4 (head) 3 2 1 (feet)
I expect you can guess what comes next – the children in my singing assembly could certainly work it out! You end up with a manic 1-second shower.
A bit of buzzing, a bit of sirening (singing on the sound ‘ng’ up and down in pitch), a bit of listen and copy, and we were ready to sing! The shower certainly created an energised feel to the start of the session.