Warm-Up Game: Simon Harris Says...

Maybe you're familiar with the game Simon Says, but we’ve decided to add a twist to it.  Ireland’s Minister for Health Simon Harris has been in the news a lot in recent times, reminding us all to wash our hands and stay safe at home.

With that in mind, here’s how to play the warm-up game: SIMON HARRIS SAYS…  You need at least 3 players for this so why not get everyone in your home involved?  Always remember when exercising, if something hurts stop immediately and don’t overdo it.

1) Choose someone to be the caller.  This person calls out actions and the players must follow them but only if the caller says: "Simon Harris says…." before saying the action.

2) For example, the caller says: "Simon Harris says scrub your hands!" and everyone does the action of scrubbing hands.  But if the caller says: "Scrub your hands!" and hasn't said "Simon Harris says" before it and a player does the action, then they need to sit out for the rest of the game.

3) The last player still in the game is the winner.

4) You can set a time limit of 10 minutes for this warm-up game, or play for as long as you want, depending on how much fun you’re having.

5) Here are ideas for actions that can be called out (with or without "Simon Harris says…" before it):

  • Jump away from each other (to practice social distancing).
  • Wash your hands vigorously.
  • Shake it off! (Shake out your whole body).
  • Stamp out the virus (stamp your legs 10 times).
  • Cough into each elbow 10 times (alternating between elbows)
  • Raise your arms up and down 5 times (as if you’re saying "hi" to faraway neighbours).

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Game: Tea Towel Tag (3+ Players)

Here's an easy game to help you beat the boredom at home and get moving!

  • One person stands on a cushion, and can’t move off this during the game.  They tuck 3 tea towels into their clothing.
  • The other players have to try to grab the tea towels without getting tagged.
  • If a player gets tagged, they have to do 10 jumping jacks as a forfeit.
  • Once all the tea towels have been removed, switch roles!

Lesson Review: Circuit Lesson

Here's a quick review of Múinteoir John’s PE lesson, so you can repeat this at home!  Feel free to record your circuit each day to keep track of how you’re getting on.

1) SQUAT JUMPS – 10 then 8 then 6.

2) PLANK – Hold for 30 seconds then 20 seconds then 15.

3) SHOULDER TAPS – Do 20 then 15 then 15 again.

4) SINGLE LEG SQUATS – 8 each leg, then 6 each leg, then 6 each leg again.

5) PRESS UPS – Do 15 then 10 then 8.

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