Add ribbons and swirl

dancing with ribbons

I loved Jeanne’s comment saying the title of yesterday’s post sounded like a recipe, so continuing with that idea we today we have ‘take one child, add a dash of ribbons and swirl together with music.’

Children always have the best play ideas, don’t they? These pictures show B enjoying dancing with the streamers she made after discovering a forgotten bag of ribbons. She simply tied a one to the end of a stick and was ready to go. Both my girls love dancing but I’ve resisted sending them to an organised dance class for now, instead letting them explore their own dance style.

Create your own dance studio

Dancing is a wonderful activity to develop physical skills and balance and is great for lifting the mood if kids are feeling grouchy. (We love a kitchen disco on a gloomy, rainy day!) It’s a fun way to encourage children to be active,  needs no special equipment and so can enjoyed any time and any where.

To make an at-home dance studio simply create some space by pushing back sofas and moving tables, or even try some dancing outside.

Offer different styles of music for the children to try out and see how they move differently as the music changes. You could try this, this or this!

If you want you can provide some added extras such as B’s streamers or scarves and pieces of floaty fabric.

Then leave the children to it, to enjoy moving their bodies and choreographing their own dance routines.

Are your children dancers?

happily shared with smart summer challenge and  for the kids friday  happiness is and  it’s playtime and  made by you monday



  1. says

    Love this “recipe”, too, well done! In my classroom with 4s & 5s, we definitely got into dancing almost every day. Sometimes the boys are initially hesitant to glide around or swirl, so we encourage some ‘cool moves’ that might incorporate facial expressions, marching, or big sounds that boys tend to respond to quite well :) Also, love “Freeze Dance” where we stop the music now and then for the children to freeze their movement (maybe on one foot or mid-twirl!) for a few seconds! Cheers to dancing.

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Sounds like wonderful fun jeanne. I think the pieces of fabric could be great super-dancing-hero capes too, which the boys might like.

  2. says

    LOVE the recipe and trust me, I am challenged in the kitchen….. but I follow this formula all the time when I make my classroom visits.

    Last week I had 14 family library concerts and each one was filled with dancing with our singing. All sorts of great learning with your recipe. I speak to teachers about the need to incorporate movement in their busy days — whatever the age of the children.

    Great post. Keeping it simple is always best.

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Thanks Debbie. I’m definitely of the ‘keep it simple’ school. Your library concerts sound wonderful.

  3. says

    I could mistake your daughter for mine, except that we don’t have one of those streamer things yet! I linked up to Smart Summer with our circus activities. We’ll have to try dance next!

  4. says

    Love it! We attend Music Together classes and there is nothing like seeing kids be comfortable with music. I hope my son ends up having some rhythm when he’s older because of it!!

    Thank you for linking up at Rub Some Dirt On It!

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