Six Count’s Goal:
To have an individual or team work together as a team to a full six count.
When this activity is first seen, it gets a lot of ooh’s and aaahh’s, but only if you can pull it off yourself. This is one of those activities you demonstrate first and see if the participants can follow. It is recommended to only show them once. If you can’t do the following, then ask for a volunteer. It makes it more fun anyways!
First, have a volunteer come forward. Instruct the volunteer that you are going to test them on team coordination. The test is simple. First, let them know that his or her right arm will be placed in only two positions – either straight up by the ear or straight down by your waist. The left arm will be in three positions, straight up by their ear, out to the side like an airplane wing or straight down by the side. When instructed he or she will move his or her arms to the corresponding positions on each beat, from one to six.
1. Up 1. Up
2. Side 2. Down
3. Down 3. Up
4. Up 4. Down
5. Side 5. Up
6. Down 6. Down
Both the left and the right arms have to move at the same time with each count. As the laughter settles down have everyone try. Once done with practicing, ask for six volunteers to come to the front and demonstrate for everyone.
After everyone has had a turn in practicing this activity, have everyone break off into teams of six and come up with their most creative form of six count. Then have them demonstrate what they came up with for the entire group.
Make sure that everyone has plenty of room to move around with arms fully extended.