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The 12 Activities of Christmas 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

Everyone loves a dance! Why not set aside some time to have a boogie with your Early Years class? This activity suits children of any age, in groups of any size, so it is extremely flexible; let’s hope you are too!

What you will need:

  • Music in a variety of styles, e.g. jazz, pop, classical or nursery rhymes
  • A speaker

For older children:

  • Anything wave-able, like streamers, flags or scarves
  • An action song the children are familiar with, such as “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Preparing the activity:

1. If using them, place the objects for waving around the room for the children to pick up as and when they want.

Doing the activity:

Younger children:

Play the different styles of music and observe the children’s reactions. Watch to see if they start clapping or dancing along to the music. See if you can find which musical style appeals the most.

Older children:

Start with your familiar action song to get children in the mood for dancing and moving. Once this is done, tell the children you will play some different types of music for them to dance to. Make sure they feel free to pick up scarves or streamers to dance with!

If they do not wish to dance, that’s fine! Some of the music may not appeal to them, but if one seems to be a winner, feel free to play it more than once to get all the children dancing or moving.

Adapting the Activity:

As this plan doesn’t only focus on Christmas, there will be no problem using it as a non-Christmas activity. You can put on your dancing shoes any day of the year!

Dance teacher and children in choreography class
Get on your dancing shoes!

Tracking the activity:

Birth-11 months

Communication and Language: Listening and attention; “Turns toward a familiar sound then locates range of sounds with accuracy.; Reacts in interaction with others by smiling, looking and moving.”

­­­­­­8-20 months

Communication and Language: Listening and attention; “Moves whole bodies to sounds they enjoy, such as music or a regular beat.”

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials; “Move their whole bodies to sounds they enjoy, such as music or a regular beat.; Imitates and improvises actions they have observed, e.g. clapping or waving.; Begins to move to music, listen to or join in rhymes or songs.”

16-26 months

Communication and Language: Listening and attention; “Listens to and enjoys rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories.; Enjoys rhymes and demonstrates listening by trying to join in with actions or vocalisations.”

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials; “Move their whole bodies to sounds they enjoy, such as music or a regular beat.; Imitates and improvises actions they have observed, e.g. clapping or waving.; Begins to move to music, listen to or join in rhymes or songs.”

22-36 months

Communication and Language: Listening and attention; “Shows interest in play with sounds, songs and rhymes.”

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials; “Shows an interest in the way musical instruments sound.”

30-50 months

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials; “Beginning to move rhythmically.; Imitates movement in response to music.”

40-60+ months

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials; “Begins to build a repertoire of songs and dances”

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