They love dancing, it's free, it gets them moving, gets the wiggles out, helps them focus and it's fast and easy to do if you have little dance videos queued up and ready to go. Read here, here and here to see why dance, movement and music are important to child development.
My class from several years ago dancing to Hap Palmer's Let's Dance
Our Dance Party Rules:
- Feet stay on the floor (For some reason kids think donkey kicks are good dance moves.)
- No running
- Stay in your Dance Space (No 1st grade mosh pit.)
- Dance alone, no dancing together, no holding hands. (This prevents a lot of falling and knocking each other over.)
- Non-dancers must sit in a chair. (If kids chose not to dance I did not make a big deal of it. Eventually they all felt comfortable enough to join in.)
Some of our favorite dance music
For calmer, more focused and directed dances, try these:
Hap Palmer:Other great Hap Palmer songs (on CD) include Paper Clocks, Tap Your Sticks, Shake Something, Turn Around and Let's All Clap Our Hands. I love these CDs and his soothing, calm voice.
Parade of Colors--No movement on this video. Each kid holds a colored card and they all have to listen to the song and follow directions.
Here's a list of all the good things performing Tooty Ta does for your kids.
Other fun Dr. Jean Songs:
Mother Gooney Bird
Kiss Your Brain
She has more YouTube and TeacherTube videos on her site here.
Yo Gabba Gabba--Dancey DanceThese are each about 2 minutes so we often watched 2 or 3 of them, or the same one several times.
Just Dance Kids
(pulled from the Wii game)
There are many more Just Dance Videos on Mrs. Mansouri's YouTube channel.
Sesame Street*Some of these have dancers holding hands and touching elbows, etc. So if you have a "no touching" rule just warn the kids ahead of time, or assign partners.
There are tons more on Sesame Street's YouTube page or SesameStreet.org -- just type "dance" in the search box.