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Roller Coaster Cheer

Everyone "click, click, clicks", as they put their arms up in the air.  Once they reach the highest point, they move their hands down in three dipping strokes as they say, "whew, whew, whew!"

Cowboy Cheer
Put one finger in the air and circle it liek al asso as you say, "Yee-haw!"

Shine Your Halo
When the participants need an energizer, say "Shine your halo," while modeling the movement of running your fingers in a circle above your head.  If you're looking for a way to get the participants to settle down, use the same cheer and ask, "Where are those angels?  Shine your halo!"

Ole'! Ole'! Ole'!

Count with your fingers in the air as you say in Spanish, "Uno, dos, tres."  Twirl around with your index finger in the air as you say, "Ole'! Ole'! Ole'!"

Pat Yourself on the Back
Have the participants pat themselves on the back as they say, "I'm good stuff."  Next, have them pat their neighbor on the back as they say, "You're good stuff, too".

Watermelon Cheer
Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! Spit out the seeds!

Hamburger Cheer
Pretend to make a hamburger patty by patting your palms together.  Stick out your right hand as if placing a hamburger on a skillet.  Make a sizzling sound and say, " Is it done?"  Turn your hand over and say, "Not yet."  Repeat twice.  After the third "Is it done", give them a thumbs-up and say, "Well done!"

Tortilla Clap
Pat! Pat! Pat! Repeat! Olay! (hands up)

Sign Language Applause
Teach the participants to applaud in sign language.  They do so by raising both hands in the air, and rotating them back and forth quickly.

Clap and sway as you cheer for your participants.  "We're A-W-E (slight pause) S-O-M-E ".  Pretend to dust your shoulder with your fingernails like you're polishing them, on hand at a time, as say, "We're Awesome, Awesome."  Now open arms outward one at a time and say, "To-tally!"

Oreo Clap
Lick, Lick Slap!

Hold your palms together in front of you as if praying.  Make a sizzling sound (ssss) as you wiggle your palms up in the air like a firecracker going off.  Clap them above your head, then wiggle your fingers around and down like the sparkles coming from a firecracker.  Make an "Ahhh" sound like a crowd watching a firecracker go off.  Do a GIANT firecracker, a medium-sized firecracker, and a tiny firecracker.

Oprah Cheer
You go, Girl!

Lookin' Good
To compliment a participant, say, "You are..." (make a clicking noise as you make a pretend mirror around your face and fluff your hair),  "...lookin' good!"

Mosquito Clap
Bzzzz Clap!

Ketchup Bottle Clap
Hit hand on rounded fist to get the ketchup out of the bottle

The leader starts this cheer by slapping each hip as h/she says: "Hip, Hip..." The participants all join in by shouting, "Hooray!"  Repeat.

Brain Wave
Hold hand by the side of the forehead and wave

Trucker Cheer
Tell participants: "Grab your steering wheel."  Make an "rrrr" sound as you pretend to steer.  Put your fist in the air and say, "Honk honk", as if pulling a horn.  Next, put your fist by your mouth like it's a CB radio, and say, "Good job, good buddy".

Microwave Cheer
Use pinkie fingers to wave

Cheese and Grater
Hold up your left palm as you say, "Here's the grater".  Make a fist with your right hand, and hold it up and say, "Here's the cheese".  Pretend to scrape the cheese on the grater as you say, "You're great, great, great!"

McDonald's Cheer
Sing BaDabaDada - I'm loving it!

Golf Applause
Hold hands by one ear and clap quietly

Elvis Cheer
Tell the participants: "Turn up your collar; get out your microphone."  Then swing the microphone around in circles, curl your lip like Elvis, and say together, "Thank you, thank you very much."

Tell the participants: "Get out your spray bottle".  Hold up one hand and pretend to spray.  Say "You're psh, psh, psh..." (spray once for every "psh").  Hold up your other hand and pretend to wipe in circles over the liquid you just sprayed, as you say, "Fan-tastic!"

Yes! Yes! Yes!
Pull hands down on one side, then the other side, and then both sides

Rattlesnake Cheer
Put your palms together, then wiggle them in front of you as you make a hissing (ssss) sound.  Quickly stick your tongue in and out like a snake.

Saturday Night Fever
Extend your right index finger in the air to the left of your body.  Put your left hand on your hip.  Move your right finger from the air to your side as you sing, "Ah, ah, ah, ah, we did a good job, we did a good job," (to the tune of "Stayin' Alive").

Seal of Approval
Stiffen your arms; extend them in front of you, and cross them over each other.  Clap them as you make a barking noise like a seal.

Harry Potter Cheer
Tell the participants: "Get out your magic wand."  Pretend to point your wand at various participants as you say, " You're psh, psh, psh, psh (point to a participant with each "psh"), Terrr-ific!"

Air Guitar Cheer
Hold imaginary guitar and sing, "Excellent!" three times.

A "Round" of Applause
Clap in a circle to give the participants a "round" of applause.

Standing Ovation Cheer
Stand up with hands over head like a ballerina and turn around.

To cheer for a participant without using words, put both hands up on either side of your mouth with the pointer, middle, and ring fingers, making a "W".  Open your mouth in a wide circle.  This spells W-O-W!

Gold Star Class
Tell your participants, "Get out your box (hold out one hand in a cupping shape), get out your star (pretend to get a star on one finger of the other hand), lick it, and put it on your forehead.  You're all GOLD STAR participants!"  This is a good way to help all of the participants feel special.

I Like It!
When you're pleased with the way the participants have accomplished a task, get out of character and start singing: "That's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it, uh huh, uh huh.  That's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it, uh huh, uh huh."  Dance and sway as you sing.