Dance and Movement
Dance and movement is an important part in developing children’s means of expressions, communication and learning about the world. It gives children a sense of their culture and to learn about others. One of the main benefits of dance and movement is building children’s confidence and self-esteem, giving children even adults the platform to express their feelings through the body. Children and babies do it every day as they explore different ways of moving.
Physically children are building control, coordination, awareness of space and not to mention the health and wellbeing benefits. Creative development such as exploring different sounds and how they can be changed.
There have been many studies on the positive impact music has on baby brains cognitive development. Below is further information on benefits exploring dance and movement in early years.
Weekly Challenge #11 - Dance and Movement
Can you explore and jiggle to music or different genres of music this week?
Dance and movement can be done anywhere, whether it is at home or outdoors. There are many different genres of music to listen to that helps children to recognise the different types of instruments that are used, rhythm and dynamics of the beats. Don’t forget to explore instrumental music.
Exploring dance and movement with babies can be done in a variety of ways. For example;
2 - 5 year olds
Exploring movement with older children, you can get more creative with ideas.
You can also explore themes to support children’s exploration of movement. For example, warm ups.
Busy Beans Warm Up (found in The Little Book of Dance)
Chilli bean - shiver/shake as if you are very cold
Runner beans - run quickly on the spot
Jumping beans - bounce up and down or on the move
Baked beans - melt to the floor as if you are melting
Broad beans - make a wide shape
Using fabrics is also a great way for children to explore movement between their body and the object they have. The use of simple cut out coloured material. Play music and move around a space with the material twirling above your head or in circles in front of you or side to side with nice big sways.
Tips when exploring dance and movement with your child
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