How to Pom Pom Dance

Ages: 3-5
Location: Indoors
Skills: Physical

What you'll need:
Newspaper
Scissors
String or yarn
Cassette player or CD player
Cassette or CD

Background:
As children begin to understand the joy of dancing, giving them a small prop will provide a fun variation on the activity and will encourage them to use more than just their feet when dancing.

Setting up:
Shred newspaper sections lengthwise, making long paper strips. (Sunday comics and other color pages make the best pom-poms.) Stack the strips; then tie the pieces together at their center with the string or yarn, making pom-poms.

What to do:
Find an open space where the child will have plenty of room to dance. Put on the music and let the child dance while waving the pom-poms. Try playing a variety of musical styles - jazz, classical, tango, waltz or disco. Encourage the child to change his or her movements to suit the music.

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