8 Count Shake


An energetic physical warm-up that helps to generate energy.

How Do I Play It?

Students are in a circle and you all count 1-8 whilst shaking your left hand then right hand then left foot, then right foot.


  • Left hand shake - "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8"
  • Right hand shake - "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8"
  • ...then left foot and right foot

You do the sequence again but this time count up to 7.

You repeat this decreasing every time and on the last set of 1 you jump up and shout out something like ‘shake down.’


It’s good to keep up the pace with this - so set a nice pacey count.


You could change the action, or make the final 'shout out' something meaningful to the context of the lesson.

Small Groups, Whole Group
Short (5 mins or less)
Games could be a beginning starter, an introducing step during a workshop or as an end plenary. They are a platform for further development and are never meant to be the whole session on their own.

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