I use carpet squares and have the children help me to arrange them in a circle. Then I put on some of our favorite dance time music and we walk in a circle, trying to step on each carpet. My co-teacher will stop the music occasionally, and we shout, "Freeze!" We all stop until the music starts again. The children love it and are even requesting the game by name now.
When toddlers dance they love to have something to move. Here's something for them to use. Take lids off of containers like cool whip, soft butter and so on just as long as it is big enough to fit there had in the middle. Then using an Exacto knife I cut the middle out of each lid just leaving the outer edge. Then take cloth and either rip or cut into two inch wide strips as long as you wish and tie them all around the lid. The children wave or move these as they dace to music. They just have a blast with this easy homemade project!
My kids loved to dance. We danced with just about everything. We had music playing all day. Their favorite was 20oz. bottles that I filled with beads and super glued closed. They loved the noise that it made to the music.
Take paper towel rolls and tape pieces of streamer onto one end. Turn on some dance music and dance. My toddlers loved this.
My groups always love this "Follow the Leader" dance. We put on some upbeat music, and take turns being the leader. (You'll need to be the leader and model this until the kids get the hang of it) The leader varies the movements- (clap hands, hop, sit and pound floor, clap above heads, windmill, march, twist, etc.) and the group imitates. Nice way to engage and focus active learners.
My 2's and 3's adore this! Super for developing listening, sequence, and group play. Have children hold hands with you in a circle. Sing "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" very quietly as you all move around in a circle. When you get to "There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" everybody stop circling, sing it LOUD while hopping up and down. For the "Da-da-da-da-da" before beginning again, alternate feet in a stamping movement. Then, join hands again, and start over in the quieter and slower beginning.
Tie a piece of string or yarn to a beach ball and hang it from the ceiling low just enough so that the kids can reach it. They love to hit the ball up in the air!
My 2's love this!! I bought a cheap bag of ribbon scraps at a fabric store. I cut the ribbons to about 1 1/2 feet long. I used clear packing tape to attach the ribbons to tongue depressors. We use these ribbons to dance to music. I cannot turn on music without someone asking for the ribbons.
As a Navy home childcare provider, we celebrate Month of the Military Child in April. My daycare children like to wear their dad's navy hat & any military clothing they may have. We then put on a parade & march with instruments that we have made. Below is the directions for making the kid's favorite instrument.
Paper Plate Tambourine
Materials Needed: 2 paper plates per child, beans (rice or rocks) ,paper streamers or tissue paper, glue or stapler, paint, markers, glitter, etc. Have children decorate the bottom outside of both plates anyway they choose. Glue streamers around the inside edge of one plate. Place beans or whatever you chose to use on the inside bottom plate. Then glue or staple the top plate bottom side up to bottom plate. Let dry then shake away.
A fun activity for music and movement is to tape sticky paper down on the floor and encourage children to dance on the sticky paper barefoot! Play rock and roll for the kids to jump around to.
Scarf Dancing! Children of All ages love this! I started with my group when they could hold onto the scarves and now they know what it means when I get out the scarves! You can use store bought scarves, socks, a sheet cut into squares, just about anything that moves in the air. Vary the music from time to time so children can learn different spatial movements! You will have fun too!