Dances and movement activities are a small but significant part of the wonderful variety of things we do each week in Kindermusik. Each movement activity is designed to stimulate your child’s vestibular system, challenge his spatial awareness, spark new brain activity, and bring lots of enjoyment. It also provides the perfect opportunity to try out lots of new ways to move!
As your child’s first and best teacher and our partner in Kindermusik class, we want to share a few helpful tips to inspire you as you encourage your child’s creativity and learning through movement.
Try opposite movements. Moving fast and slow, up and down, bouncy and smooth, and in and out are all great ways to demonstrate opposites. Children learn best when presented with opposites, so get creative and label your movements as you go!
Move along to the steady beat. Each Kindermusik song has a steady beat that’s excellent for sliding, stomping, or swaying along to. When you move along with the beat, you’re providing a wonderful example for your little one that helps cultivate his or her internal rhythm.
Sneak in a few cuddles! Moving with your child while holding him is a great way to connect during class. Even if your little one can’t walk or crawl just yet, he’ll benefit from feeling the movements while he is in your arms. Not only that, but you’ll be sharing a sweet moment with each other!
Greet friends (or make a new one!). Movement activities provide a great opportunity to meander around the room and say hello to friends—or even meet a new one! Dances are wonderful community activities and foster a sense of togetherness. So take the chance to greet others as you dance!
At your child’s next Kindermusik class, consider adding a few of these ideas to your dancing repertoire—or be inspired to create some of your own moves. Your child will LOVE the movements you come up with and will respond with a giggle of delight and eventually, with trying out that move himself!