Limited Space Activites


  • Fold your arms – Is your left or right on top?
  • Right or left leg goes first when putting on your pants?
  • Tap your foot to the music – right or left foot?
  • Lick an ice cream cone - up or down, or around?
  • Toilet paper – scruncher or folder?
  • Shower – morning or evening?
  • Twist Tie on a plastic bag – turn clockwise or counterclockwise?
  • Jumping over a ditch – right or left leg first?
  • Draw a circle in the air – clockwise or counterclockwise?
  • Wink – right or left eye?
  • Roll your tongue – yes or no?
  • Closing the bread bag – spin the bag or spin the top?
  • Pennies on the ground – pick it up or leave it?

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Walk forward eight counts

Walk backwards eight counts

Face partner and do-si-do


Swing partner

Clapping sequence

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  • Have had your tonsils removed?
  • Have ever eaten Haggis?
  • Have ever attempted to outrun a police car?
  • Can do a headstand?
  • Have ever given yourself a haircut?
  • Have been on a jury?
  • Have slept in a hostel?
  • Have ever failed a test?
  • Have cooked dinner for more than six people?
  • Have stayed up all night to finish a book?
  • Have read a curriculum document cover to cover?

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I don’t know but I’ve been told

Don’t sit still or you’ll feel old

Stand Up

Arms Apart

Move your feet

It’s good for your heart

Repeat a little louder and a little faster!

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A – lunge jump, each side

E – 2 jumping jacks

I – reach up then touch the floor

O – knee lift – each leg

U – jump on spot 5 times

For consonants, make the shape of the letter with your body!

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Many of these games can be played in the classroom, or in a small open space. Use your imagination to get your students active, even though the gym may not be available!

Warm Up Games:

1. The DEAN is coming! The commands are as follows:

  • DEAN IS COMING (march while saluting)
  • RECESS (run on the spot)
  • TEACHER IS COMING (sit, feet moving, hand up)
  • FORGOT MY HOMEWORK (sit, spin, looking sad)
  • FIELD TRIP (knee bends, point and look impressed)
  • SNACK TIME (jump up and down)

2. The TEACHER is coming!

Students, except the story teller, sit in their chairs. Have one less chair than number of students. Storyteller walks around room telling/reading a story. Suddenly the student says “The teacher is coming!” On this cue, all students must change seats, and the storyteller must find a seat. The student who remains standing after all have found a seat becomes the new storyteller.


4 students line up with their hands on the waist of the person in front of them. The first person in line is the dragon’s head, the last is the tail. The remainder of the class forms a circle around the dragon. Students forming the circle throw a nerf ball at the dragon’s tail, attempting to hit the “tail” person. The dragon tries to protect his tail by shielding it with his other body parts. The dragon must always stay joined at the waist. If the tail is hit, the “tail” person joins the circle and the successful thrower becomes the dragon’s head, or some other variation.


Sitting is a circle, each person is assigned a fruit. One person standing in middle, calls a fruit. Those fruits must change positions, and person in the middle takes a vacant spot. Person who does not get a spot stands in the middle and calls the next fruit, and so on. If a person calls “Fruit Basket”, all players switch places.


Teacher faces the group, demonstrates full body movements for rock, paper, scissors, and “what beats what”. On the count of three, everyone makes a symbol. If it beats the teacher, you stay, if not, you join the teachers’ side. Teacher and others who have joined all make the same symbol while facing the rest of the group, and so on. Game continues until all players have joined teacher’s side.


Make letters of the alphabet with the body, so that all body parts are stretched. Or alternatively, spell your name with your body.



Teams of three, each person named as above. All sitting in a circle. Bean Bags in the centre of the circle. Teacher calls one of the names, that person jumps up and runs around the outside of the circle while the other two form a archway. The runner goes under the arch and into the centre of the circle to grab a bean bag. Last team in does not get a bean bag. Penalty can be given (e.g. 5 jumping jacks) and that team is not eliminated.


Similar to above, except that teams are seated or standing one behind the other, the front person in a circle with all other “fronts”. Each person in the row chooses a pizza topping. For example, first person in each row is pepperoni, all second place students are mushrooms, etc. Bean bags in the middle. When a toping is called, the players must run around the outside of the pizza, then into the middle to grab a bean bag.


Delineate an odd shape on the floor with masking tape or skipping ropes, etc. Players pair up and enter the playing area. The space should be fairly crowded! One person in each pair is the tagger, the other is being chased. Give the students a few seconds to separate from partners, then say go.


1. WHO?

1 noodle for each person, 1 blindfold for each person. While blindfolded, each player will be partnered up with another player by an instructor/helper. Each player will hold onto the opposite end of their partner’s noodle. When the signal is given, without talking, players attempt to determine the identity of the other person they are working with. Participants cannot let go of the noodles, but may use creative and safe techniques available to identify the other person (such as tugging on the noodle to determine the strength of the other person, lifting the noodle to determine the height of the other person, etc.). Each round lasts one minute, at which time the players state the name of their partner (at the same time to avoid one recognizing the voice of the other). From: 50 Ways to Use Your Noodle, by Chris Cavert and Sam Sikes.


One person is blindfolded and given a noodle in the centre of the circle. Many clothespins are attached to his/her clothing. On the signal, players on the outside of the circle attempt to steal clothespins from the clothing without getting hit with the noodle. If they do get hit, they are given a penalty, or must go back to the circle for a period of time before a re-attempt is permitted.


Form a circle, one person in the middle is the Samurai Warrior, and he/she has a noodle. Emphasize the importance of fair play and respect with this game. The Warrior moves around the inside of the circle waving his/her sword, then strikes someone below the waist with the noodle. The Warrior quickly takes the noodle to the centre and places the noodle on the centre marker and ruches to take the place of the person he/she just hit. Simultaneously, the person who was hit chases the Warrior into the circle, picks up the noodle, and attempts to strike the Warrior before he/she gets to the circle. You may add that other players may shift positions if one becomes open, or they may enter the circle, kneel down and pay homage to the great Samurai by touching the forehead to the centre marker and running back to the circle before being hit by the Warrior.


This game works well to get to know the names of students on the class. Students sit in a circle, knees up, feet flat. One person stands in the centre of the circle with a noodle. Another person around the circle says “I pass it to Sally” (Sally being one of the players in the circle). The centre player wants to first locate Sally and then tag Sally below the knees with the noodle before Sally can say “I pass it to…”If a tag is made before the pass, the sitting player stands up in the centre and the standing player sits. This player begins. If a player flinches or moves to avoid being tagged, he/she is in the middle. (50 Ways to Use your Noodle)


Each person has a noodle, and they attempt to balance the noodle in the palm of their hand.


Each person has a noodle, standing in a circle. About two feet between each person. Place the end of the noodle on the ground and hold the noodle vertically by the other end. On the signal, leave your noodle and go to the one next to you before it falls. Variations include: clap hands, clap twice, move left, move right, move left or right two positions. Count off; evens go left, odds go right. (50 Ways to Use Your Noodle)



Groups of 4-5 or more. Sitting in a circle, seated. Toss the chicken randomly from one person to another. On a signal, or if using music, when the music stops, the person who has the chicken gets a letter. Continue the game. Once a player spells a word (e.g. EGG), that person changes groups. Can add more chickens!


All players stand in a circle. Pass the chicken around the circle as quickly as possible. Add a ball (e.g. tennis ball, foam ball, etc.) directly opposite the chicken. On the signal, pass both items around the circle, attempting to pass the ball more quickly so that it catches the chicken.


Using hula hoops (or buckets), stand in one hoop and attempt to toss the chicken into the other hoop. You can give points as follows:

Chicken completely in the hoop: 5 points
Chicken partly in the hoop: 3 points
Chicken within one chicken length of the hoop: 1 point


Using your imagination, you can create any type of chicken relay game! Some examples might include: passing the chicken between various body parts, carrying the chicken to a bucket, chicken between the knees, etc.



Seated in a circle, one person (or the teacher) whispers a statement into the ear of the person next to him/her. That person passes it along to the next person and so on. The last person repeats aloud what was heard. It is amazing how communication can break down! Be sure to remind students to speak slowly, they may only say it once, and they cannot add to the message.


Teacher secretly selects a “killer”, then all players move around, shaking hands. The killer shakes hands too, but presses a finger into the wrist of the intended victims. Victims are asked to “die dramatically” long after the killer has killed them.


All players lie on stomachs in a circle, shoulders touching, heads into the circle. Place left forearm over the top of right arm of person beside you. Slap palms on the floor in order. If a player messes up (students can be the judges), the hand is withdrawn. Double slap on the floor changes direction. This is an elimination game, so there will be students who will be out once both hands are eliminated.


Players are to sit or lie in a comfortable position, eyes closed. The purpose of this activity is to promote relaxation, build self confidence and/or self esteem. Teacher gently talks to students, working on relaxing various parts of the body, and getting students to visualize themselves in positive ways.

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