Element 2: Body and creativity


Body warm-ups in connection with the voice

Sources, Emmanuelle Zanfonato and inspired by Nadia Métivier, departmental educational consultant for music education of the Gironde.

Body warm-ups must be imagined, linked to a story or to the project that is in progress. This will then develop the children’s imagination, through mime or body expression, and a way of getting into the subject from the start.

Duration: about 5min per exercise

Age: from age 6

Key words creativity and entrepreneurship: Exploration, Imagination, Enthusiasm, Working in teams, Interaction with the environment



You can ask the children to sit in a circle and close their eyes: pass behind each one with sound surprises (crumpled plastic, whispered words, water noises …). Then ask a child to do this for the others.

Mirror game: by making groups of 2, imitate the movements that one makes for the other and then reverse roles.


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The chorus (leader-followers): A child walks in front of the others who must always remain behind as a group. He proposes different mannerisms of walking, which the others must follow as closely as possible. Then ask a child to do this for the others.

Stop the action by saying repeatedly “photo”, varying the spacing and timing.

The pupils are able to:

  • know how to concentrate.


We can draw on the anchoring techniques of IQ Gong by asking the children to close their eyes, for example, by imagining they are a tree, a bamboo, tossed by the wind. Be rooted to the ground: both feet slightly apart firmly planted, the arms move slowly in space (branches and leaves in the wind). In this position, wiggle and shimmy from side to side, swinging back and forth without moving the feet and focus on the points of contact with the ground.

Similarly imagine being a buoy at sea, or seaweed undulating in water, or a fish … and focus on the imaginary contact points with water, the density of matter.

The pupils are able to:

  • know how to be rooted to the ground.

Explore the limits of balance

We can draw on the techniques of Dance Contact, ask children to get into pairs, to have a varied contact point (back, elbow, pelvis, shoulder, fingers, nose, …) against each other and move in space without losing the physical contact.

The pupils are able to:

  • explore the limits of balance.


Stretch in all directions, caress the clouds push back the walls.
Be a robot (mechanical and cutting gestures) or a rag doll (fluid, round gestures).
Be a wire puppet that grows tall and then is released …
Be an ice statue or a snowman melting in the sun (release limbs so they disappear into the ground smoothly)


Loosen the joints: dust off or take a shower (neck, shoulder, knee, ankle, elbow and wrist massage …)
Shake the limbs and hands vigorously in front, to the side, …
Tap all over the body, with the facial expression of rain that falls harder and then softly…

Expression and relaxation of the face

Yawning, massaging the larynx by swallowing.
Massage the forehead, temples, cheeks, cheekbones, wings of the nose, lips, chin, neck, shoulders and pat the face with the fingertips.
Mimic different expressions for the different muscles and joints of the face, make: the smallest and wrinkled face possible / the biggest and swollen face possible / anger / disgust / astonishment / wonder / huge smile / stupid then blissful manner / wink / batter the eyelashes …

Example of a warm-up for the face

Each element of the scene (below) is expressed by the face and the body (without a sound). Everyone invents a story and plunges the children into a new world.

A child tap the drums – pat the cheeks
Make a big frog – swollen face, big eyes
A frog chews – exaggerated movements of jaws
A disgusting thing –disgusted look
And the child start to sulk – pout
But here’s a hummingbird – Oh! with the mouth
And it is blissful – a blissful look
And delighted – smile from ear to ear
And delight, –smile from ear to ear
Raised eyebrows – lift the eyebrows
And little winks – first one, then the other, together…

Stop the action by saying repeatedly “photo”, varying the spacing and timing.

Example of a movement warm-up

Take a walk in the room without going round in circles, with instructions always to pass between 2 people: vary the dynamics (slow, medium, fast), intentions and cross different landscapes (e.g. over muddy ground, over embers, on springs, on skis, over rivers, clamber over obstacles, under low and tangled branches, meander between tree trunks, …) and adjust the body accordingly.

Move around and completely fill the spaces with different sounds according to the different actions, (e.g. clamber over clusters of obstacles, glissandi while swimming, a melody on hot sand, greet the animals that are encountered with”hello “In different languages, …)

Stop the action by saying repeatedly “photo”, varying the spacing and timing.

Listen to the body

Walking along an invisible thread like a tightrope walker, stay focused all the way by being carried along by the sounds.

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Imagination and body warm up

A little story serves as a support for a multitude of small exercises of body awareness.
The imaginary makes it possible to connect the child to sensations and engage with the natural.


01 Mise en corps, imaginaire plage soleil mer

Texts from the video
I dream of being at the beach, and for those who do not know about that yet I’ll tell you.
I arrive at the beach and I take off my sandals.
I start to walk on the sand.
The sun shines and the sand is very hot. My feet are burning, I make a small leap into the water. The water is cool.
The sand is too hot but the water is too cold.
I’ll go into the water and I gradually get wet.
The sun is shining, I’ll take in all this light.
Then the wind blows from one side, then changes direction to the other side.
We soak in the light and we share (we hold hands).
And now I’m ready to look at the scenery!


Each exercise develops a particular competency, see individual exercises.

The pupils are able to:

  • know how to concentrate;
  • know how to be rooted to the ground;
  • explore the limits of balance;
  • express with the body;
  • etc…


No equipment needed.