Listening to a favorite song, you and your child will take turns copying each other’s dance moves.
Learning Area(s): Social and Emotional; Physical Development
- Phone, computer, or device to play music
Tell your child that today you are going to have a dance party! Pick a favorite song together. Hit play and jump around, twirl, shake your hips, and have fun dancing to the music.
When the song is over, tell your child that you’re going to make it into a game. You will take turns copying each other’s dance moves. Show your child how to play the game by going first. Start the music and pick a dance movement to do. Tell your child to try to copy your move. Once he does, tell him that it’s his turn to show off one of his dance moves. Let him pick a dance move that you have to copy. Take turns back and forth seeing who can come up with the coolest dance moves.
- This activity is great for a rainy day when everyone is stuck inside.
- If children are struggling to come up with dance moves, help them by showing them some they can do. It’s okay if they pick the same dance move several times. Just have fun with it!
- Kids might enjoy dressing up in silly costumes for this activity, too!
- Invite siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. to join in, too! This is a great activity for multiple people.
- The book Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning is a great book to read about a family dancing together.
- The book Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges and Al Murphy is another great book to read, especially if you need help coming up with some dance moves.