Beans Warm-Up Activity - Teaching Ideas (2024)

This activity is ideal for use as a warm-up before the main part of most lessons.

1) The children should begin by walking around the room in any direction.

2) On the various commands listed below, they should carry out the appropriate action:

CommandActionSuggested by…
JUMPING BEANJump around the room
RUNNER BEANRun around the room (looking out for other people).
OR Running on the spot (more suitable for younger children than running around the room)
BROAD BEANStretch your arms and legs out as wide as you can.Sue Weir
Walk around the room taking as large strides as possible
Jump in a star shapeJo Warburton
BAKED BEANLay on the floor in a star shape until the next command is given.
OR Lie on floor and Sunbathe
JELLY BEANMove around the room slouching and doing silly movementsJordan Hedges-Hemingway
Wobble like a jellyEmma King
CHILLI BEANShiver and shake
FROZEN BEANChildren have to stand very still.
MR. BEANWalk around with a puzzled/vacant expression, muttering under your breath!Susan Rayner
BEAN SPROUTSStand on tiptoes and make yourself as tall and thin as possible.
STRING BEANSStand on the spot, making yourself as long and thin as a piece of stringCathie Crowley
OR Find 2 partners, hold hands and run around in space.
OR Make a long thin shapeKathie Barrs
OR pretend to play an “air guitar” or violin!
BLACK-EYED BEANSStand on the spot with one hand over one eye.Cathie Crowley
BAKED BEANS ON TOASTLie flat on the floor, spreading arms and legs out as far as possible.
OR Children lie in middle of area as close to each other as possible
OR Find a partner and lay on the floor
DOUBLE BAKED BEANS ON TOASTTwo sets of partners join together and lay on the floor
BABY BEANLie on the floor in the ‘foetal’ position.Tania Norton
BEAN PIEChildren should all run together to form a group.
The children arrange themselves into groups of four, three of them create arches with their body and the other crawls underneath them.Ben Gray
BEANY BABYWalk around the room, crying like a baby or be like a bean bag!
FRENCH BEANSStrike a pose and shout “Bonjour!”Kathie Barrs
BACK TO BACK BEANFind a partner and stand back to back until the next command.Jordan Hedges-Hemingway
SEAN BEANBased on the well known actor and Sheffield United fan. The children stand with their hands in the air – celebrating a goal and shouting the well known sheffield united exclamation : “C’mon you red and white wizzaarrrrrrrddddsssssssss!!!!!!!!!”Chris Short
Pretend to play the character “Sharpe”, or playing football.T. Conley
KIDNEY BEANSStand still with arms and upper body bent forwards at waist.
OR Bend over and try to touch your toes!Tina Longstaff-Tyrrell
OR Freeze and bend into a C shape and shout Chillie Con Carne!Iclal Lawrence
OR Make a Kidney shape on the floorAnne Sears
BUTTER BEANSSlide around on bottom (indoors)
OR Make a cuboid shapeAnne Sears
HUMAN BEANSRunning on the spot (i.e. we humans dash about and get nowhere fast!!!!)Teresa Hall
SANTA’s BEENWalk about wobbling your tummy saying “Ho,Ho, Ho”.Gill Christie
FULL OF BEANSDance around really energetically!Claire Bishop
WHERE’VE YOU BEAN?Puzzled expression, with hand over eyebrows peering into the distance.Kathie Barrs
HAS BEANSWalk around with a pretend walking stick as if old and frail.Katie Smith
Point behind you, look behind you, or walk backwards.Shiela Daly
All lying on the floor pretending to be dead.Johanna Aldred
Walk BackwardsCarol Penny
Children walk haughtily with noses in air, waving one hand
JELLY BELLY BEANStudents lay on floor on their bellies and wiggle.Glenda
NOT A BEANWandering around the room looking sadAnne Sears
OLD BEANWalk round slowly like an old person.Carol Penny
TINNED BEANSChildren get into small groupsJo Warburton
BEAN HURTChildren rub their knee etc. as if they have been pushed off a swing!!Dan Strange
FLAT BEANSYou can use this at the end of the activity the children lie flat on their backs.
BEANSTALKChildren could start crouched on the floor and grow up slowly until they are straight and tall like the beanstalk in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.Dr L.F. Lowenstein
OR children run up the bean stalk when you shout GIANT they climb back down and chop the beanstalk down.Jenny Aspinall
MAGIC BEANChildren either wave their magic wand or waggle their fingers as if casting a spell.Claire
OR children return to the exact spot they started the game in (useful to get them to find identifying features of their starting point).Jo Dean
OR children skip around room waving a wand.Jenny Aspinall
BEANIEChildren crouch down on haunches, wrap arms around knees, and bounce on balls of their feet.Timi Willemse
GREEN BEANSChildren stretch themselves very tall in a space.Sarah Boyer
MICROWAVE BEANSChildren run around, touching the floor, and jump up (with a PING!) into a star shape.
MEAN BEANStomp around the floor looking mean and moody.David Vellani
LEAN BEANChildren get into pairs, and lean back to back supporting each others weight.
BEAN HADChildren roll around the floor pretending to laugh.Paul Osborne
TOOTHBRUSH BEANWalk around the room, pretending to brush your teeth.George Edmond
LAUGHING BEANChildren walk around the room laughing!Paramjeet Soodi
CRYING BEANChildren walk around the room crying!
SAD BEANChildren walk around the room pretending to be sad!
HAPPY BEANChildren walk around the room pretending to be happy!
SPRING BEANChildren start in crouching position and then spring up suddenly towards the sky!Suzanne Catchpole
CHICKEN BEANChildren crouch and scratch around like chickens with their arms folded in as wings. Chicken noises could be made.
LEMUR BEANChildren put their hands as though they are paws in front of their chests and look around eagerly like a Lemur!
THREE BEAN SALADChildren get into threes, one on the bottom sitting on the floor, the next on their lap, the final one on the middle ones lap.Nicky Beards
BEAN BAGChildren get into pairs. One sits on the floor, the other on their lapAllie White
Pretend to be a bean bag, being thrown between two people.T. Conley
A child would inflate as a beanbag by breathing in deeply through nose and exhaling through their mouth.Janice Bryant
BOGGIS, BUNCE AND BEANAfter reading Fantastic Mr Fox, a year 3 child suggested: ‘Boggis, Bunce and Bean’ – Children get into 3s, and each pretends to be one of the three farmers (one fat, one short, one lean (all mean)).Ian Battersby
SUPER BEANChildren freeze and make a suitable sound like Superman.Mike Walton
BEAN CASSEROLEChildren all join hands, or have a group hug!Daidra Chilek
WAX BEANSChildren strike a pose and hold it like they are made out of wax.
SNAP BEANSChildren snap their fingers.
HILL OF BEANS“Hill of Beans” as we old timers used to say in reference to something not mattering very much as “It doesn`t amount to a Hill of Beans.” The children could do the Mountain Climbing exercise (Get on your hands and one foot with the other foot stretched back and switch legs several times).Carolyn Uliana
BEANOChildren could walk around pretending to be devious and looking naughty!Fiona Miller
COWBOY BEANChildren hold hand in air as if they are lassoing a cow. The children call “ye how”!!!!
BEANOCULARSLie on floor with a partner side by side and roll towards and away from each other.

Thanks to numerous contributions from visitors, many of the commands have more than one possible action. In these cases, you might want to choose one of the actions and teach this to the children. You could also show them all the possible actions related to each command, and let them choose which one they prefer.

You could also ask a particular child to demonstrate a particular bean action, and ask other children to guess what type of bean it is!

When ‘baked beans’ is said, the caller then tries to catch everyone and stick to them. Caught beans help with getting everyone stuck together until there’s no one left unstuck!

Beans Warm-Up Activity - Teaching Ideas (2024)


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