Dance Baby Dance

Dance Baby Dance IGrasshopper

Encourage baby to move to the beat of the music. 

Materials Needed:

  • Music (popular kids songs work well).
  • Area for dancing.
  • Video recorder.

What to do:

  • Play on some music.
  • Begin dancing with baby.
  • Do some simple actions that baby can follow. For example:
  • Clap your hands
  • Stamp your feet
  • Shake your wrists
  • Wiggle side to side
  • Kick each leg

Hints and Tips:

  • Play different genres of music and watch how baby moves to the specific type of music. If it’s upbeat they may wiggle, if it’s slow they may just shake their wrists etc.
  • Record baby dancing and encourage them to watch themselves on the video.
  • Sit baby in front of you and sway side to side, while listening to the music.
  • Lie baby down on their back, put on music and gently swing your baby’s hands and feet up and down.
  • While dancing place a mirror in front of your baby, so they can watch themselves.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 1 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Achieves neck control.
    - Rolls front to back and side to side.
    - Begins to indulge in foot play when excited.
    - Waves hands up and down.
    - Starts to explore “self”.
    - Begins to coo.
    - Enjoys listening to music.

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play, Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Music and Movement
  • Games Categories: Creative Play Games, Family Games, Gross Motor Skills, Indoor Games, Music and Movement, Party Games, Social and Emotional
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 1, Learning Outcome 3, Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO1 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Identity

    1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy inter-dependence resilience and sense of agency

    1.3 Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities

    1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care empathy and respect

    LO3 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Well Being

    3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

    3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

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Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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