Hungry Hippo Sliders

Warm up: Animal Movement

  • For this warm up we allow the children to move freely around the playing area while they perform particular movements in response to various vocal prompts
  • Teacher calls, “Bear Crawl” children move randomly around the hall on all fours with knees and shins slightly elevated off the ground, trying to keep a flat back.
  • Teacher calls “Crab Walk” opposite of Bear Crawl, children are now facing upwards crawling on feet and hands
  • Teacher calls “Frog Jumps” children jump off two feet and land on two feet.
  • Teacher calls “Inch Worm” children start in upright position and walk out on their hands then slowly “inch” their feet behind them.
  • Teacher calls “Bear to Crab” students rotate from static bear crawl position to static crab position.
  • Teacher calls “ Lizards” students crawl close to the ground pulling knees up close to their chest and the ground as they move.
  • Allow 20-30 seconds max for each movement and complete 2-3 rounds.

Lords and Ladies

  • Here we have a bit of fun while executing the crossover lunge. 
  • Children again walk randomly around the hall and whenever they “meet” anyone, they must stop and perform a curtsey(crossover lunge) while saying “Good Day Kind Sir” or “Hello my Lady”
  • Teachers should try to emphasize students keeping front knee over the toes while trying to get back knee to kiss the ground in crossover position.
  •  Spend 3-4 minutes on this exercise.

Sumo Lunge:

  • Sumo Lunge is done by lunging to one side rather than forward or backwards
  • Keep frame and back as straight as possible while leaning to one side then the other.
  • Children walk randomly around hall until teacher calls “Sumo” then children place themselves opposite nearest person and “mirror” the movement at the same time
  • Continue this drill for 3-4 minutes.

Lunges Demo: Key points

  • Step forward into lunge position 
  • Back knee kisses the ground
  • Keep front knee over the toes
  • Keep back nice and straight.

Hungry Hippos Sliders

  • A great fun version of Hungry Hippos
  • Divide your groups into teams with four or five players on each team.
  • Each team has a designated starting point and a designated hula hoop placed beside each other in the middle of the floor.
  • Each hula hoop has as many balls as possible placed in the centre.
  • Using the Bear Crawl, players take it turns to get to their hula hoop as quickly as possible and grab one ball. Then they must immediately lie flat on their stomachs while holding the ball stretched in front of their heads.
  • Two of their team mates must then run to the middle and pull the player with the ball by the legs, sliding them along the ground, until they are back at the starting point where the player can deposit the ball.
  • The next player then bear crawls to the middle and we complete the process again.
  • The game can be timed or can be completed when all the balls have been collected.
  • Teacher can add functional movements throughout the game, e.g. before a player takes their turn or after their turn, they have to complete a certain amount of exercises, Lunges, squats, dish to superhero etc.
  • N.B. SAFETY: Floor must be clean and slide friendly for this game to work. It must also be made clear to students that there is no lifting, only pulling back to base along the floor.
  • We recommend maybe showing a you tube clip of Hungry Hippos board game to give the children a visual of the game.