1: 'Shushes' - taking a breath and making the longest 'shhh' noise that you can (this one gets quite competitive!)
2: 'Hums' - humming any note you like until you run out of breath
3: Sirens - Going through your range in a sliding scale - low to high and back down again (again, a competitive one!)
4: 'Lollipop' - sing the 'William Tell Overture' using words like "Lollipop, lollipop, lollipop pop pop" Other phrases which encourage good diction are:
- Bacon bap
- Paper cup
- Many men
- Cheese and ham
- Ninny ning
5: Tongue twisters - again, these are really good for practicing diction - including...
- Leslie the leopard likes licking large lemons
- All I want is a proper cuppa coffee in a proper little copper coffee pot
- Unique New York
- How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
- Red lorry, yellow lorry
6: Satsuma - Imagine you are eating a satsuma which is VERY SOUR! Chew it very exaggeratedly, occasionally spitting out pips. This can also be done with (imaginary) doughnuts.
7: Chewing gum man - Say the following sentences, getting the kids to repeat the sections in bold.
I have a piece of chewing gum. I put it in my mouth and I chew it really hard. *chewing action* Then I spit it out... *spitting action* and mould it into a little man. *moulding action* The man walks along the street, blub-blub-blub-blub-blub-blub-blub, and into a building. When he is inside the building, he walks up to the lift - blub-blub-blub-blub-blub-blub-blub - and the doors open - shoom! So he walks into the lift - blub-blub-blub-blub-blub-blub-blub - and the doors close - shoom! The lift goes up to the very top floor - wheeee! And then the doors open - shoom! And the man walks out - blub-blub-blub-blub-blub-blub-blub. Then the doors close - shoom! And the man walks across the top of the building blub-blub-blub-blub-blub-blub-blub - and jumps over the side - wheeee... splat! I would just like to point out, incase anyone is offended, that this is only a bit of fun; this dude is made of chewing gum, and isn't "encouraging children to jump off buildings" or anything like that!
8: Vowel scales - singing an arpeggio or scale using a particular vowel or mouth shape, like ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah. We often stand in pairs facing each other and tap the other person on the nose if they aren't opening their mouth enough!
9: Number scales - label the notes of a 1 octave scale from 1-8, and sing them in this order (keeping the note/number correlation) 1,121,12321, 1234321, 123454321,12345654321, 1234567654321, 123456787654321. As a challenge for older performers you may like to try clapping on 3, stamping on 5 and clicking on 7. (which isn't as easy as it sounds!)
If anyone can think of any more, I would LOVE to know, as I am always wanting new material to try!