For many dance teaching artists who work with preschool and kindergarten students, we have an improv that has a format like the following. Whether it is statues in the garden, or toys in a toystore, the students pretend to be still when we --- the gardener or store owner --- come by. When our back is turned, the students come alive and dance all around. The students LOVE these dance games.
I recently found another story that can inspire a new take on this improv. The book --- The Bunnies are Not in Their Beds --- tells of bunnies who are put to bed for the evening but keep getting caught playing in their rooms. In the story, the bunnies play with trains, cars, horses, and instruments. You can riff off of each idea and get the students scooching on the floor, galloping, marching, and more.
Check out The Bunnies are Not in Their Beds by Marisabina Russo.