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Animal mirror

First suggested by Boing Kids
Stretch like an animal to calm down and relax.
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Learn through play

This activity was created with our friends at Boing Kids. Boing is all about giving children the tools they need to explore the world around them and solve problems in a fun way. They support people to create playful, active, and inclusive spaces that develop children’s physical literacy. Physical literacy means understanding how you interact with the world around you – it involves concepts like reacting to objects, moving creatively, and interacting with other people. 

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Before you begin

  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessmentthat’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here
  • Try playing a high energy game before this to get everyone warm and moving.

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Set up a handwashing station that you can use throughout the session. Everyone should wash their hands before and after they use equipment.
  • Remind everyone to stay socially distanced when moving around in the game.

Animal time

  1. Everyone should spread out in the space and make sure they can see the person leading the game.
  2. The person leading the game should shout out an animal and stretch their body to create a shape like that animal.
  1. Everyone has ten seconds to copy that shape and make it as big as they can.
  2. Everyone should keep playing with as many animals as possible.

Reflection

Take the time to think about what you did and why – you’ll be amazed at what you learn. Try out a quick, active reflection from our reflective toolkit to lock in the great things you tried and learned in this activity.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.