The Basic Idea
Think up animals that move in different ways – curl up and stretch like starfish, slither like sea snakes, wriggle like tadpoles, hop like frogs and scamper like lizards. Choosing a theme can help spark imaginations, like ocean or jungle.
Over to You, Wee One
Set the scene, with a story or with music, and take turns moving like different animals. Wee ones can suggest ideas with words or by using their bodies. By copying their movements you’re showing you recognise and value their ideas
- Explore whole body movements
- Great chance to build new vocabulary
- Exploring crawling, slithering, rolling, stretching etc. supports how wee ones develop
- Talk to your wee one about what they were like when they were younger as you explore different movement stages babies and toddlers go through
- Copy then adapt your wee ones movements and see how your dancing evolves together
Movement is great for our bodies, our brains and is a great way to engage wee ones. As adults we often get into the habit of being upright all the time, but getting down to floor level and exploring lots of different ways of moving, we’re meeting young children as equals and often connect with them better emotionally, too.