Rainy day got you down? Why not liven things up with a dance party!?!
In this great Activity Center article, First Five California reminds us that singing and making music with your child is an important part of encouraging brain development. It helps advance gross motor skills, fine motor skills, rhythm, listening and visual tracking skills - and it's fun!
Looking for a new song to sing with your little one today? Try the Music for Aardvarks dance song on our video page, "Move Your Feet."
First, spend a little creative time making instruments from household items. You can have a 'treasure hunt' to look for items you can use. Here are some suggestions: Put 5 coins on a paper plate, then staple another plate upside down on top of it. Instant tambourine! Or fill a jar 1/4 full with dried beans or grains. Shaker! Or just shake a 1/2 full pill bottle (be careful that the top is child proof and secure). Wrap a bit of paper towel on top of a marker then tape it down - use your new drum mallet to play on pots, pans, or containers with lids.
Now play the music video and follow the movement cues in the song. If your child is too young to follow along, show them how you do the dance moves, then help them make the movements with their own bodies. Jam along to the instrumental sections with your new instruments. Learn the words and sing along. And remember, dancing is a great alternative to the gym.
If you're coming to a demo class this Saturday, we will be playing this tune, so you'll be ready to rock it when you come to class!
For those of you who have not yet registered for your FREE trial class - sign up here! Here's the schedule:
Sat. Dec. 6th, 10am, Fort Mason Center
Tues. Jan. 6th, 9:30am and 10:30am, Steppin' Out Dance (18th and S Van Ness)
Wed. Jan 7th, 9:30am and 10:30am, Fort Mason Center
Thurs. Jan. 8th, 10:30am and 11:30am, Steppin' Out Dance (18th and S Van Ness)
Happy rainy day dance party!