Head to Toe
Start the day with this activity to awaken your class. Alternately, assign it individually to students who need to refocus. The slow, deep touch calms students while the quick, light touch awakens them.
Count to six as you follow each step.
1. Rub your palms together fast. Feel the heat.
2. Rub your ears in circles. Squeeze your earlobes between your thumb and finger.
3. Rub the back of your head with your pointer fingers, moving toward your ears.
4. Rub big circles around your eyes with your fingertips, moving from your eyebrows to the top of your cheekbones and back up along the side of your nose.
5. Rub the sides of your nose using your pointer fingers.
6. Act like you’re washing your whole face with your palms.
7. With your right hand, brush your left arm, from shoulder to fingertips, top and underside. Then switch sides.
8. Put one hand on top of the other on your stomach and make 6 circles.
9. Use both hands to rub your thighs.
10. Stomp your feet on the floor.
Since children respond to touch in different ways, you may want to vary the actions you name as students follow each step. Some may respond to more vigorous actions, such as gentle chopping on their thighs instead of rubbing in step 9. Others may prefer lightly tickling rather than rubbing their faces in steps 4–6.