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Shaking [1]

Short description

Loosening exercise combined with body awareness and rhythm


Motor skillsBalance & Coordination

Group size



5 minutes



Goal of this exercise is improving

  • body feeling

  • perception

  • social behaviour

In the combination of body awareness (shaking) and shared rhythmic speech (counting), the group experience is strengthened. In addition to movement and cognition, this also activates emotionality and social behaviour.


In this exercise, children shake their body parts and count out loud. First, the group forms into a circle.

Each child first raises their right arm above their head, shakes it 8 times and counts out loud. Do the same for the left arm, then successively loosen the hip, right leg and left leg to the feet, shaking.

This sequence is repeated in descending order: first 8 times, then 7 times, 6 times, etc. When you reach "1", it sounds like this: say "one-one-one-one-one-one". This last row of 1's is then repeated 4 more times.

The group should find a rhythm for this game and increase it together towards the end. As the speed increases, the whole body is relaxed into the game. Perception and orientation in one's own body is practised, by counting the combination of series (series of numbers) is trained - a prerequisite for mathematical thinking.


As a stimulus, each child can choose the language in which they want to count.

Background information for further reading

Cognition and consciousness

Processes of perception

Learning Fundamentals

Rhythm and rhythmicity

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