How to do the Mexican Hat Dance

Ages: 3-5, 6-8
Location: Indoors, Outdoors
Skills: Physical, Social/Emotional

What you'll need:
Recording of the "Mexican Hat Dance" or another festive song from Mexico
Construction paper
Scissors
Markers

Background:
This version of the "Mexican Hat Dance" gives children who are inhibited the chance to dance with a group. It's a great addition to a party with a Latin American theme.

Setting up:
Cut a large circle from construction paper and use a marker to draw the features of a Mexican sombrero like the one in the illustration above. Lay the drawing in the center of the floor and ask the children to stand around it.

What to do:
Play the "Mexican Hat Dance" on a recording and have the children move in a circle around the hat. Clap to emphasize the beat of the music and encourage the children to clap along. During the "Mexican Hat Dance" dancers step on the edge of the hat as they move in a circle. Older children will be able to dance, clap and move around the hat.

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