Move to music

You will need

  • Music – radio, CDs, DVD, own instruments, own voices

You can

  • Listen to the music and find the rhythm
  • Clap, dance, sway, swirl or rock to the rhythm
  • Include your baby by gently rocking, swinging, and/or swaying with them

You can also

  • Use props such as dolls, ribbons or scarves
  • Experiment with different types of music: fast or slow, quiet or loud, hard or soft, rap, rock, ballads, classical, music without words.
  • Use music from your own culture like lullabies.
  • Use set dance moves such as ‘ring-a-roses’, ‘row your boat’, the haka, or make up your own.
  • Organise a dance party for your child, with friends or just with your child.

Did you know:

Moving to music is a great way to teach children about keeping fit and healthy.

What your child is learning:

  • Balance, coordination and rhythm
  • What their bodies can do as they move in space
  • To express themselves through movement and dance
  • To improvise, create and recreate
  • That dance and movement to music can be fun, delightful, comforting and exciting
  • That moving to music can be a shared experience