Let students know that you’re going to play a game that’s about who can be the best sleeping statue.
Explain that to play, they’ll need to lie down and close their eyes, and from then the only part of their body they’re allowed to move (to stay in), is their tummy going up and down as they breathe.
The first time you play, say that their challenge is to stay still for just 30 seconds, and that whoever can do this is a winner. Starting with an achievable timeframe will encourage success, even for tamariki who find being still very difficult.
To play, create a large space where students can lie without touching.
- Ask students to find a space, lie down and close their eyes.
- Then let them know you’re starting the timer.
- If tamariki can’t manage the 30 seconds – don’t worry too much about them being ‘still’, as long as they’re trying and not disrupting others.
- Praise students’ efforts – particularly those who find it difficult.
- If any student becomes distracting, try sitting near them, or bring them near you. It’s important that everyone ‘feels’ like they’ve succeeded.
- Congratulate the students who complete the chosen time. They are the ‘winners’ of that round.
- We’d suggest writing the time the whole group achieves on the board, so next time they can try to beat their class score.
- Increase the time-frame as the skill develops, and reward improvements with activities your class enjoy.
Take this outside on a warm day and play Sleeping Statues on the grass.