There they are. Twenty-five students all lined up and staring wide-eyed at you. You know you need to warm them up, but are afraid this will be the "boring" part of the lesson. Don't give up on warm ups yet! Here are five elementary music choir warm ups kids love. I've compiled and tested these myself.
1. SSS Contest
Have students stand up and then direct them to all take a deep breath at the same time and let it out on the sound "ss." When each student finishes their breath, direct them to sit down. The last student standing is the winner. (You can give them a prize/sticker if you'd like.) Tip: If you think someone has cheated, pick a few classmates to be judges and watch the others.
2. Zombie RR
This one is great to start around Halloween. If you have a well behaved class, let them walk around the room!
3. Mommy Made Me Mash My M&Ms
A good warm up should include breathing and resonance. Here is a simple warm up to focus children on resonating.
4. Super Duper Double Bubble Gum
Kids love saying this! Ds and Bs will help relieve facial tension.
5. Warming Up Our Voices
A warm up is a great way to introduce concepts like scales, major and minor, and practice solfege.