Follow the Leader

A great brain break, or transitional activity! Suits any environment or number of children.

Set up

Children line up behind the leader (you start as the leader).

How to play
Step 1:
  • Begin moving around the space, while the children follow. 
  • Try different locomotor skills, ideas for movements include;
    • Running
    • Jumping
    • Walking backwards
    • High knees
    • Heel flicks
    • Hopping
    • Skipping
    • Walking on tip-toes
    • Animal movements (crawl like a bear, jump like a frog)
    • Transport movements (fly like an aeroplane)
Step 2:
  • The children must remain in the line, following along
Step 3:
  • Continue playing, swapping leaders and changing locomotor skills as desired
Make it easier
  • This game can be done inside, as a transition activity - use smaller, more controlled movements
Make it harder
  • This game can be done outside, as a warm up activity - you can allow children to move more freely (in the line!), and get creative with their movements
  • Change movements quickly, or call out trick challenges, such as "walk like an elephant", but you walk on your tiptoes like a giraffe, to encourage children to keep their eyes on you
Activity information
Age: 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-5 years, Kindergarten / Pre-school, Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3
Participants: 1 +
Duration: 5 minutes
Skill focus
Explore these skills for teaching tips
Skill teaching

Explore balance teaching cues, or any trickier poses before playing. Use the following teaching cues to support this;

  1. Head up
  2. Aeroplane arms
  3. Eyes forward looking at something ahead of them e.g. tree
Activity summary
Physical literacy tips
  • Choose movements accessible to all children
  • Let a child have a turn at being the leader
  • Call out "change directions!" and the line flips, with the back of the line becoming the leader