Use fresh topics
Once tamariki are familiar with Fruit salad (above), encourage them to choose new topics for the game. E.g. Colours of the rainbow, healthy kai choices, Aorangi (planet) names, or a topic you’re studying in class.
Using the new topic, divide the class into three (or more) groups – E.g. Mars, Earth, Venus – and have everyone practice calling these new words.
Ask tamariki to come up with a relevant “Fruit Salad” alternative (to get everyone to move). E.g. “Deeeep spaaace!”
Once students have mastered the above, advance the game by having the person who is ‘in’ say statements that describe them and others in the group.
E.g. "People with brown hair... People with pet dogs... People who like pizza..."
Players the statements describe change places; while others stay seated.
If the person in the middle calls your class name (e.g. “Room 4!”), everyone will change places.
Try other fun activities which prepare tamariki with focus and energy for learning