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A Kinetic Christmas Day 6

Day 6

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

FROM HOPPING TO SKIPPING (Approximately 4+ years)

A PARTY FOR YOUR BODY

With all the holiday music in the air, I've been thinking about the importance of dance for little ones. 

In our book, A MovingChild Is a Learning Child, we describe dance as "a party for your body." That's because dance offers so many multi-faceted benefits. For instance…

Physically, dance challenges children to move their bodies in new and different ways. And even though it may not look like it sometimes, that means whole-body coordination, head to toe!

Socially, getting and staying in step with others is a big accomplishment. Set to music, the beat and rhythm provide the soundtrack for a powerful, physical sense of community.

Cognitively, remembering structured dance steps takes focus and concentration. 

And of course, emotionally... well, let the party begin!

For this activity, choose any music you like. I selected the classic Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree because the four-beat bar is upbeat, but not too fast for little ones to keep up with. There's a lot going on with this or any other structured dance, so take it slow, introduce one idea at a time and see how they get along before presenting the next step.

And note: if you have younger children, clapping or bobbing up and down to the beat is a great way to get ready for more coordinated dancing next Christmas.

So, gather everyone into a circle, hold hands, and let's get rockin'!

 

ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

By Johnny Marks

Rocking around the Christmas Tree at the Christmas party...

Hold hands and walk/march/skip in a circle to the right.

...hop!

Jump or hop in place.

Mistletoe hung where you can see. Ev'ry couple tries to...

Hold hands and walk/march/skip in a circle to the right.

...stop!

Stomp!

Rocking around the Christmas Tree. Let the Christmas Spirit...

Hold hands and walk/march/skip in a circle in the other direction.

...ring

Raise your arms up and down to the beat (like ringing a bell).

Later we'll have some pumpkin pie and we'll do some

Rub your belly.

...caroling

Shout "Hey!"

You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear,

Voices singing "Let's be jolly,"

Hold hands and sway back and forth from left to right, lifting the free foot off the floor if they can.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly"

Stop and sing "Deck the halls with boughs of holly."

Rocking around the Christmas Tree. Have a happy...

Hold hands and walk in a circle to the right.

...holiday

Jump or hop in place.

Everyone's dancing merrily in a new old fashioned way

Free form dancing merrily!

 

 

Wishing you a happy, healthy, active holiday season!