Family Time Calendar: Get Moving - iVillage

You don't need a party to move to music. Enjoyed at home, it's a great way for kids to get some exercise and express themselves in an uninhibited way. Here are some ideas to get them moving and grooving.

  • Cut a brown grocery bag open at the seams and cut out a surfboard shape; have kids decorate it with crayons or markers, if desired. Put on some Beach Boys music, then have kids pretend to surf by kneeling up and down on their paper surfboard, moving their extended arms up and down and bending back and forth at the waist. They can jump off the board and pretend to swim or kneel down and pretend to paddle.
  • Buy or make jingle bell bracelets with jingle bells threaded onto a sturdy elastic cord. Have kids wear them on their wrists and ankles, then put on some festive music (Mexican, holiday, etc.) and let the kids shake to the music.
  • Put on some patriotic music and have kids organize a parade. Kids can bang toy drums or upside-down cooking pots with wooden spoons while marching around the room.
  • Have a dance contest in which every kid wins a prize. Category ideas include the funniest, fastest, silliest, most unusual, most creative and most graceful.
  • Try freeze dancing. Put on dancing music and have kids dance away. When you shut off or turn down the radio volume, they have to freeze in place -- even if someone's foot is in midair!
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