It’s International Dance Day – find out how our session leaders celebrate!
‘Dancing with ribbons to themed songs at the start of every class is always fun. We even use a large parachute and children love dancing under it. At the end of our lesson we always say goodbye with bubbles and use the Tidy Up song to have a dance and sway our bodies around the room.’
‘For example, with ‘Swirlo’ we do big circles with our arms. Some fast and some slow. I always ask the big children to watch the grown ups and make sure they do it properly! It always gets a giggle! Additionally seeing children translate their movement into mark making on paper lets me know we are making progress.’
Dance is a great distraction too, especially for the children who don’t want to wait and just want to go and get messy. Kim continues…
‘Starting every session with dance helps build a routine. This helps children understand what’s about to happen next and stick to the class structure, ensuring I get to properly greet all the learners. Having a tidy up boogie when the class is over ends the session on a high too!’
Some of our session leaders even bring their own children to their class! Having a child who is well versed in Messy Play at a session really helps bring other children out of their shell. Jade, from Little Learners Uttlesford & Bishop’s Stortford brings her daughter along…
‘My 2 year old now performs alongside me and is very exaggerated. She loves dancing and performing and is a great help! She shows off which Mark Maker movement we need to do – helping other children learn!’
Let us know how you celebrate International Dance Day in the comments!