- Put some music on and get the children dancing to it.
- Make it a daily ritual that the children can look forward to and perform by themselves.
- Play slower music to start with and then play faster music once they are warmed up.
- Dance in a different way or to different themes for each piece of music and make up some simple and repetitive routines for different songs (see Make it fun and Make it a challenge below). Skip your playlist to a new song every 30 seconds to keep changing the dance style.
- Have a few regular songs that you and the children can shuffle between to make up at least 10 minute blocks of activity.
Some ideas for a 3 phase sequence of songs (each phase to last at least 3 minutes):
Phase 1: play slow paced songs with a simple beat that can be followed at marching pace.
Work out movements that can be performed on the spot and that include some stretches.
Phase 2: play upbeat faster songs that have an infectious beat and encourage vigorous movement.
3-5yrs; simple movements such as jumping up and down, skipping around, wiggling the torso and using big arm movements.
5-7yrs; sequences of movements involving jumps, turns, all parts of the body, big movements (e.g. using arms), small movements (e.g. using fingers) and changes of level (reaching high, reaching low, jumping, crouching, etc).
Phase 3: either calm down with slow songs or keep the energy high with fast songs (if you play fast songs in this phase then do some gentler movements like walking and stretches to calm the children down afterwards).