1-2-3 Rhythm and Movement Warmup

Background: In this warm-up activity, partners alternate clapping and movements using a 1-2-3 rhythm.

Grade Level: 4-12

Equipment: None

Formation: Partners face each other. Designate one of the partners to start.

Movements: Initially clapping, then students choose locomotor and nonlocomotor movements

Description:

Partners alternate clapping their hands and calling out a number the sequence is:

This pattern of alternating the 1, 2 and 3 continues but now the clap on 1 is substituted for a movement.  Such as a reach, shake, jump, turn, kick, arm circle, twist, bend and stretch, run in place or others.

This pattern of alternating the 1, 2 and 3 continues with the first movement on the 1 but now the clap on 2 is substituted for a second different movement.

This pattern of alternating the 1, 2 and 3 continues with the first movement on the 1 and the second movement on 2 but now the clap on 3 is substituted for a third different movement. Now all three claps have been substituted with a movement