Kids love to keep moving which is why dancing is such a good activity for them. Dance activities for kids are one way to keep kids moving and keep their brains active. This can be anything that gets kids up and moving to music. Keeping kids moving is good for their health as statistics show that obesity affects more than 14 million children ages 2-19.
Dance activities have so many benefits. We’re going to take a look at some of those as well as how Rock and Roll Daycare in Reston integrates music classes into the curriculum.
Benefits of Dance Activities for Kids
When your child is dancing, even just for fun, so many good things are happening that you may not even realize. Check them out!
Watch a child dance and see their creativity flourish. Kids come up with moves that are so creative as they just let the music take them. As they get older, they may try to follow a beat. Whatever the case, they are being creative as they move and groove.
Helps Emotional Development
Whether kids are dancing in your living room or formal classes, they are expressing themselves. When you allow kids to dance, you’re allowing them to be free and express themselves. Even children at a young age can benefit from this.
Teaches Kids How to Be Social
Social skills are not always taught in schools which is why activities like dancing are useful.
When kids dance as part of a class, they learn how to interact with other kids. This helps them develop social skills which can help them throughout their lives.
Helps with Cognitive Development
As you look at dance activities for kids, you may decide to try formal dance classes. For older children, dance classes can help with cognitive development as children learn self-discipline and even time management. Children learn how to be disciplined which can extend into other areas.
Dance Activity Ideas
Keeping dance activities fun and entertaining will make kids want to keep doing them. It’s hard to imagine not having fun while dancing, right? Well, kids have a short attention span, so you have to keep things fun to keep them engaged.
For small children, many different age-appropriate games can be fun and entertaining. Here are just a few ideas:
Kids love animals and dancing, so combining the two only makes sense. Why not combine the two and ask them to create animal dances? How would a dog dance? How about a monkey? Ask your children and see what they come up with. They’ll find something that will make them smile.
Why not combine kids’ love for balloons with dance too? Have kids dance while hitting a balloon in the air. The idea is to keep dancing and keep the balloon from hitting the ground. If the balloon falls before the music stops, they’re out of the game. The last one moving with the balloon in the air is the winner.
This is a favorite! Play some music and tell kids to dance. When you stop the music everyone has to freeze. It may be hard for little ones, but it’s a fun game that will get everyone laughing and moving.
This dance activity may not be for everyone because it’s messy, but it can be fun. Since painting and dance are both expressive forms of art, you can combine the two. Using washable paints, let your child dip their feet in a bowl of paint and start dancing on a mat or large piece of paper. When the music stops, they’ve gotten some energy out and created a piece of art for you to display.
Music Classes at Rock and Roll Daycare
In Reston, music and dance make up a large part of the curriculum at our Rock and Roll Daycare center.
Every two months children are introduced to a new culture which includes the music of that country. We believe this is a great way to incorporate learning about a new culture into the curriculum. Our daily group music classes are all about fun as kids get to dance, shake, and play as they are introduced to different types of music.
We offer children music exploration where they get to try out different instruments as well. Preschool children even have the chance to practice their instruments as part of their daily routine.
Our music curriculum is extended through our sister company, Fiddlefox. Fiddlefox develops new classroom materials every year to give kids a deeper understanding of music and offer them ways to develop hands-on lessons. All of these materials are created with the Montessori Method in mind, as are all of our lessons at our Rock and Roll Daycare centers.
Fiddlefox also provides illustrated songbooks, music recordings, and activity books based on our current cultural curriculum. Everything works hand in hand to provide a well-rounded experience with music and dance for all of our Rock and Roll students in Reston and at our other locations. You can learn more about Fiddlefox here.
Dance is everywhere whether it’s in your living room or at one of our centers. Keep it fun, keep it moving, and keep on dancing!