You may want to start this activity with a craft of making simple cheerleading pom-poms. For a simple DIY version visit this website.. Once everyone has 1 or 2 pom poms, watch this video for 2 examples of simple cheers. Then, as a group write a cheer about the family. It can be modeled after whatever cheer you choose or be something original to your family. Try to incorporate a character quality into the cheer or it can be about Enthusiasm. Once you have the words for the cheer completed, add actions that all family members can do it. Practice the cheer as a group until everyone is comfortable with it. If younger members can’t manage the actions, choose a simple motion they can do through the whole thing. The goal is to come up with a cheer that contains a tag line you can use to define your family whether you are chanting the whole cheer or just picking out the tag line to use. Try to revisit the cheer on occasions when you need to amp up enthusiasm or just when it would be fun to do it such as on a car ride or at the park or beach.
To process this activity, ask these or similar questions:
- Are cheerleaders enthusiastic?
- Do they help pump up the enthusiasm of a crowd?
- Do cheers help identify with a group such as a school or team?
- Was it fun to create a cheer for the family?
- Will you recall this cheer when you need to amp up your enthusiasm?
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