Moving It Like Animals

To help facilitate structured danced and to focus on specific gross motor movements, I use animals.  With a selection of animal pictures, three students each choose a card with an animal.  These animals create our dance for the duration of a song.Wranglers Animals Dance

Here is a short list of animals:
-Bear/Tiger: crawling
-Flamingo: one leg stand
-Frog/Rabbit: hopping
-Snake: slithering
-Crab: side way walk
-Horse: gallop
-Bird: fly
-Giraffes: extended arms in the air as the neck

Turtles Animals Dance

All students, regardless of age, enjoy dancing as animals as it helps them move rather than continuously running around the room.  It is great for working their motor coordination, switching between animals, balance, and pretend play as the animals. Animals are easy for them to understand, relate to, and keep them interested. Students look forward to being animals and they sometimes make up some great ones when it is kid’s choice!

Penguins Animals Dance Ducks Animals Dance Mustangs Animals Dance Turtles Animals Dance  Wranglers Animals Dance Wranglers Animals Dance

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About Hilary Yip

Music Therapy. Martial Arts. Rowing/Coxswain. Creative Movement.
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