Children can learn a lot about music by just moving to it. A child’s large gross motor muscles are the first children learn to coordinate (arms, legs, trunk and head) and walking has been shown to be the best way a child can move to first feel the beat.
Running, skipping, galloping, tiptoeing, walking like a stiff robot, walking sideways, backwards, making fingers walk up your other arm, all these and more create different rhythm patterns that can be super imposed upon the beat of recorded music or percussion beat. Nothing develops a child’s rhythmical sense like movement does!
Here are ten of Love to Sing’s favourite dancing songs:
3. Hokey Tokey
4. Johnny Bear
Don’t forget to sing along as well!