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Dancing is one of those activities that is ageless. You could be a parent and yet enjoy dancing as much as your kids. In many parties, it is also the kids and grandparents that team up and enjoy the most.
Whatever the age and occasion, dancing is a great way to beat the stress and stay happy. So if you are looking to have some fun and ways to share this happiness with your kids, go through MomJunction’s list of dance games, activities, and party ideas for your children.
15 Fun Dance Games For Kids:
1. The Box Step Dance Game:
As the name suggests, the box step is a type of dance-based game in which your kid will make a box-like shape on the floor while dancing. A fun and easy way to start off the dance routine, it is ideal even for beginners
For The First Half-Box:
Help your kid follow the dance steps mentioned below:
- Place the left foot forward to take a step ahead.
- Now ask your kid to move one step to the front and across towards the right side, with the help of the right foot.
- Next, your kid has to move the left foot across towards the right foot in such a way that both feet are placed together.
For The Second Half-Box:
Help your kid follow the dance steps mentioned below:
- Your kid will now have to take a step backward with the help of the right foot.
- Now ask your kid to move the left foot back to the position where it originally was at the time of beginning the sequence.
- Next, your kid has to move the right foot across towards the left side in such a way that both the feet are placed together.
- If your kid is able to complete the steps correctly, she will be in the position where she had started from.
- To make the above step more interesting, you could add some variation, by asking your kid to hop or jump.
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2. Do The YMCA Dance Game:
The YMCA song and dance routine is famous all over the world for its fun steps and super easy lyrics (which is nothing but shouting out the letters as you go along). The idea is that your kid has to try and make the shape of the particular letter she sings out. Let her sing as loudly as she can as she stretches her body to make the letters of the alphabet.
- For The Y: Ask your kid to stretch out the arms to her sides and place them a little above the head, in a sort of ‘Y’ formation.
- For The M: Ask her to move out of the ‘Y’ position by slightly bending her elbows in such a way that the tips of her fingers come together and meet over her chest.
- For The C: Ask your kid to stretch out her arms towards her left side and for a sort of half circle, for a ‘C’.
- For The A: From the ‘C’ letter your kid now has to make an ‘A’ pose. She can do so by placing her hands on her head and holding them together.
3. The Washing Dance Game:
The washing dance game is perfect for two or more kids. While one kid will have to be the caller, the other can perform. Make sure all the kids get a chance at performing. The objective of the game is to make moves in a way that resembles the item of clothing that the caller calls out.
- For The Skirt: Ask your kid to sit on the floor and stretch out her legs in front of her, in a wide formation.
- For The Trousers: By sitting on the floor and stretching out the legs in front, but only close to one another will help your kid make a pair of trousers shape.
- For The Dress: To create the look of a dress, ask your kid to stand up and place her legs in an outstretched position.
- For The Shorts: To make the move that best resembles a pair of shorts, ask your kid to sit on the floor and hug both the legs in a way that they touch the tummy.
- For The Washing Machine: By jumping up and down on the spot your kid can imitate the washing machine.
- For The Spin Dryer: To make the movement of a spin dryer, ask your kid to stand up and stretch out her hands on both sides. Now she has to move round and round in the same spot, in a sort of a spinning motion.
4. The Zoo Guess Who Dance Game:
Your kid will need two more kids to participate in this fun dance game. It involves a lot of favorite zoo animals, so make sure your kid is aware of them. Once your kid knows the traits of each animal, she will have to make moves through the dance that resemble the same. So once an animal’s name is called out, here is how your kid can make the moves:
- For The Snake: Ask your kid to lie down on the floor and slither about like a snake.
- For The Rabbit: Your kid will have to bend down on the floor in one spot and place the hands down. Next, ask her to make jumping motions in the same spot by maintaining the pose.
- For The Tiger: Let your kid bend down comfortably on the floor with both hands down and arch the back.
- For The Kangaroo: Ask your kid to stand in a place and do a few high jumps. Your kid will have to try and touch her bottom with her feet as she jumps.
- For The Cheetah: Your kid will have to stand in one place and do a mock run as fast as she can.
5. The Heartbeat Hop Dance Game:
Two or more people are required for this game. One person will have to be the caller, and the other will have to be the performer. The aim of the game is that the caller will have to say the word ‘one’ or ‘two’ to the tune of the music. The performer will have to do the moves accordingly.
- For The Word ‘One’: If the caller cries out the word ‘one,’ the performer will have to hop around on one foot and create imaginary patterns on the floor.
- For The Word ‘Two’: If the caller cries out the word ‘two,’ the performer will have to dance around on both the feet and create imaginary patterns on the floor.
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6. The DVD Dance Game:
Here is yet another fun dance-based game that your kid can play with at least one more kid. One of the kids has to be the caller while the other(s) will be the performer(s). Here are some of the dance steps your kid will have to make when the caller calls out that particular word:
- Fast Forward: For this particular pose, your kid will have to run or walk in a backward movement.
- Record: When the caller calls out this word, your kid will have to make a funny face.
- Slow Motion: In this particular pose, your kid can choose to dance, walk or run but in a slow and exaggerated manner.
- Stop: Your kid will immediately have to stop whatever she is doing.
- Pause: Your kid will have to start jumping as soon as this word is called out.
- Eject: Once the caller calls out this word, your kid will have to start jumping in the same spot.
7. The Funky Leader Dance Game:
For this game, your kid will need at least one more person.
- Switch on the music and ask the kids to clap their hands. Next, your kids will have to give a high five to each other by sticking to the tune of the music.
- One of the kids who will be the funky leader will have to try and trick the partner by adding a lot of variations to the high fives. Some variations that the funky leader can try are giving high fives to the side, doing them very low, or placing them too high.
- Once the partner can clap on to three high fives, the funky leader position will get swapped.
8. The Warm Up Dance Game:
Ideally, your kid should try these moves out before starting any other hardcore dance game, but it is fun, to do it anytime.
- Play some music and let your kid jump up and down while at the same spot.
- Next, ask her to shake out her arms and legs in such a way that they feel loose and free.
- Once her limbs start feeling relaxed, ask her to tense the arms and then again relax them. Try them with the stomach as well as legs.
9. The Foxtrot Dance Game:
Your kid will need at least one more person to dance with, in the partner-based dance.
- Ask her to stand facing her partner. They have to place their hands on each other’s shoulder. The kids will have to outstretch the free arm and clasp it together with the partner’s.
- One of the kids will be the leader while the others will have to follow the leader’s steps. For instance, if the leader takes a step back, the follower has to do the same too.
- The lead can step forward or backward, left or right, with one foot at a time. She could also move quickly and change steps.
10. The Rock N Roll Dance Game:
A partner is needed in this dance game.
- Ask her to place her left foot backward and take a step back. While doing so, she has to shift her weight on her right foot.
- Next, your kid will have to kick her left foot forward and take a small step.
- She has to do the same with the other side. Ask her to step backward on the right foot and then place the weight back on her right foot.
11. Super Star Jump Dance Game:
Here is a fun cheerleading dance move your kid can try out:
- Stretch the arms high up and make a V shape.
- Next, jump high and spread out the legs.
- Your kid can continue making the moves and feel a star of the cheerleading squad.
12. The Belly Swim Dance Game:
Simple yet super fun, your kid can try out this dance move.
- Your kid will have to lie down on her back.
- Ask her to stretch out her arms and turn her body on her tummy.
- She will have to place her arms in the front and then back again in a constant swimming motion.
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13. The Scissor Dance Game:
Your kid will have to lie down on the floor for this particular dance.
- Lie down on the side and bend the body in a way to be able to touch the toes.
- Straighten the back and then turn towards the opposite side.
- Keep repeating the movements on each side.
14. The ‘T’ Jump Dance Game:
Here is another fun cheerleading dance your kid can try:
- Stand straight in one spot and place the arms straight towards the side.
- Jump while maintaining the position. Your kid has to practice this step simply over and over again.
15. The Double Jump Dance Game:
As the name suggests, your kid will have to jump twice at a go for this particular dance.
- Let her stand and choose where she wants to jump.
- She can jump to the front, to the back, to the left side, or right side. Wherever she jumps, she has to do it twice.
5 Dance Activities For Kids:
Here are some super fun activities that use dance moves and are perfect for kids:
1. The Ballet Dance Activity:
- Ask your kid to stand in front of a mirror and stretch out her leg, arms, neck, ankle, and torso.
- Play music and ask her to move any one body part to the rhythm. Let her do it with each body part one at a time.
2. The Groovy Jazz Dance Activity:
- To begin with, ask your kid to stand in front of a mirror so that she will be able to see how her body moves to the tune.
- Play some jazz music. In case you do not have jazz music, you can play any music that has a lot of different beats to it so that your kid can practice those moves.
- Now ask your kid to close her eyes and listen to the music properly.
- Once she is ready, ask her to move her feet in tune to the beats, so that she forms a perfect synchronization with the rhythm.
- Let her practice dancing with her feet for some time, till she gets comfortable doing it.
- Once she is in tune, ask her to start moving one more body part along with her feet. The idea is that she has to constantly her feet moving to the music while also using some other body part.
3. Do The Tap Dance:
- Before you start your kid on the tap dance, get the shoes ready by adding some metal heel clips at the soles. Place them along the toes, the ball of the feet and the heels.
- Let your kid practice walking on the ball of her feet. While doing so, she has to make sure the heels do not touch the ground.
- Now she will have to place only the ball of one foot on the ground.
- As she does so, she will have to transfer all her weight on that leg, and bring the heel of the other leg to the ground.
- Let her practice the step slowly, and once she is comfortable, she can pick up speed.
4. The See-Saw Dance:
- Your kid will need a partner for this.
- Ask the kids to sit on the floor facing each other with their legs outstretched.
- They will have to bend forward and hold hands.
- Play the music and ask the kids to move in a see-saw motion. They can try out variations in the same by swinging one arm to the side, using their leg or neck movements and so on.
5. The Tuck Jump Activity:
- All your kid needs to do is stand in one place, do a very high jump and tuck in the knees to the chest.
- Your kid will have to do it over and over again, but to the beat of the music.
3 Dance Party Ideas For Kids:
Here are some super fun and interesting ideas to host a dance party at home. Make sure you involve your kid in all the preparations.
1. The Props Dance:
- In this fun dance routine, your kids will learn about performing as well as cheering those who are performing.
- Keep a basket or a wide mouthed vessel in one corner of the designated area or room and fill it with various props. You can either create the props at home or get them from the stores where they are easily available on both a purchase and a rent basis.
- The props could be a wide variety of things such as scarves, hats, caps, sunglasses in regular and big size, blingy neck pieces, big ribbons, pom poms, belts, boots, skirts, mustache props, posters, cardboard placards and absolutely anything that you want to let your kids play with.
- Let the kids form two groups so that one group becomes the audience and the other, the performer.
- Play music and let the performers choose whatever props they wish to use. The kids can also change props through the sequence to suit the scene.
- Once the music stops, the performers will have to get off the dance area and give the stage to the next group.
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2. The Movement Cards:
- In this fun dance routine, your kids will get a chance to create impromptu steps to use their creativity and imagination.
Get a bunch of thick colored paper and cut it into smaller card shapes.
- On each card piece, write a form of dance, such as hip hop, jump, shake the belly, move your arms, twist your tummy, hop, wiggle, point out your toes, strike a pose and so on. Write ideas in ways that would appeal to the kids.
- Start the music and ask the kids to come up one by one and pick a card at random. The kid has to perform whatever step is written on the card, till the music stops.
- In the end, you can ask all the kids to take one card each and make a fun dance routine by using all the steps that are mentioned on the cards.
3. The Fairy Tale Dance:
- In this fun dance routine, your kids will be able to use the characters from fairy tale stories that they are familiar with.
- Select any one fairy tale story for the particular dance performance. Make sure that the story does have some dance theme in it. For instance, if your kids are aware of the story of Cinderella, you can use it as the theme, as it has a ball dance theme.
- Tell the kids to talk about the story amongst themselves and explain the same to each other.
- Divide the kids into different groups such as the ones who are getting the ball dance area ready for dancing, another group who will perform the ball dance. Others who can help the performers get ready for the ball.
- Play music and ask the kids to create their steps in ways that go best with the character of their particular group.
- Let one group perform first, then the next and so on. Create the movements in such a way that it leads to a complete story series.
Dancing is a great way to let kids have some form of exercise, as well as break the ice and get comfortable with new friends. Try out these moves and make sure you break a leg or two as well while your kids are at it.
Moms, tell us which of the above appealed the most to your kids! Do you have more dancing ideas? Tell us in the comments below.
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