How to play Boom-Sha-Boom, a fun cheer

This week, we're sharing a Cheer of the Week. Cheers are fun ways to build community and bring up the energy level of a group. Cheers typically include silly words and movements. There are many repeat-after-me cheers or cheers with patterns to follow. The Game of the Week is Boom-Sha-Boom!

Group Size: 

 Any size

Age Group: 

 Pre K – Grade 5

Length of Activity: 

 Under 10 minutes

Developmental Goal: 

 To develop eye-hand coordination



Before You Start: 
  • Review the clapping motion, which is: clap your hands, then your hands go out like your giving your two neighbors a high-five.

Set Up: 

Form a circle with a little space between players.

How To Play: 
  • Begin the clapping motion as soon as you start the words.  There are four verses.
  • Every verse is basically the same, but the body part changes.
  • The verse: Czechoslovakia, boom-sha-boom, Yugoslavia, boom-sha-boom, let’s get the rhythm in our _______ (do round motion only), we’ve got the rhythm in our _______ (do all the motions).
  • Blank fillers:

    • Round 1: hands (motion is three claps)
    • Round 2: feet (three stomps) Second blank motion is 3 stomps then 3 claps.
    • Round 3: head (shake head and say ay,ay,ay).  Second motion is 3 head shakes, stomps, and 3 claps.
    • Round 4: hips (shake hips and say boing, boing, boing). Second motion is 3 hip shakes, 3 head shakes, 3 stomps, and 3 claps.

  • For more of a challenge, have everyone continuously walk in a circle.


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