Dancing With Your Kids (Activities from First 5 California)

The ad-target gods bestowed some dance activities onto me, and so I wanted to pay it forward. Check out these fun and intuitive activities for dancing with children from First 5 California. I don’t have children, but you can for sure catch me carry dancing my cat around the house on any given day.

Carry Dance

About

Dancing with a toddler in your arms is an excellent way to get some exercise, build a stronger bond between the two of you, and teach your child about rhythm and music, as you dip and sway together. So get swinging to that beat!

How To

What You’ll Need:

  • Upbeat music – nursery rhymes, toddler songs, instrumental

Hold your child securely in your arms and start singing or playing the music. Exaggerate your dance moves with side-to-side sways and some surprising dips and turns. When the song or music ends, freeze in your position. Start dancing when the music starts again.

Benefits

This Activity Helps Your Child’s Brain Develop:

  • Balance
  • Rhythm
  • Listening Skills
  • Social Skills

Freeze Dance

About

Rather than getting stuck explaining activity directions, preschoolers can experience listening to directions while moving. Dancing and freezing to music can be made into a fun game that helps your child develop and practice those listening skills!

How To

What You’ll Need:

  • You and your preschooler
  • Music

Explain to your preschooler that you are going to play music and begin to dance. As soon as the music stops, everyone has to stop dancing, or “freeze!” Describe how your child’s body has to be frozen like a statue when the music stops.

Play some of your favorite music and dance along with your child. While your child is dancing, stop the music. At first, remind your child to pause by calling out, “Freeze!” Repeat again and again!

Benefits

This activity helps preschoolers develop motor skills, listening skills, and social-emotional skills.


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