Moving to Multicultural Music
Gross Motor: To encourage your child to move their body with different styles of dance moves.
This activity will encourage children to listen and respond to music and languages of different countries, and to create their own unique movements.
You will need:
- Space to move
- Recordings of music from different countries (instrumental and vocal). Ask other parents to share samples of music they listen to at home
- Colourful scarves or squares of tissue paper
- Provide each child with a scarf (or square of tissue paper). Demonstrate some ways that children can move their scarf (i.e. rainbows, circles, sweeps, zigzags).
- Play some music that will encourage movement. Dance with the children so they can observe and imitate your movements and be inspired to create their own.
- Select different music each time this activity is done. Children can compare different sounds, instruments, languages, styles.
- You are now ready to begin this activity!
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Some child who require mobility devices need more opportunity to build physical fitness. These tips will develop your child’s physical development.
- Floor mat
Consider taking your child out of their mobility device and lying them on a floor mat with pillows for support
Encourage your child to move small and large body parts to the beat of the music by sitting across from them and thinking our loud " The music is fast now, I'm moving my feet up and down fast".
Use the scarf to encourage your child to stretch, for example, you might say "Let's wave the scarf as far as we can over our head"
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you show your child some simple movements and stretches
- You child will develop an awareness of how to move their body
- Your child will develop full body balence
- Encourage your child to demonstrate different ways they can move their bodies
- Feel pride and motivated in their capabilities to move in different ways
- Put on different styles of music (i.e. classical, hip-hop, jazz)
- Feel encouraged to create their own dance steps and to move in imaginative ways
- Provide your child with different instruments, including homemade ones
- Learn to compare the sounds of different instruments and languages when they are exposed to music of various cultures
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Movement activities such as Follow the Leader and Simon Says encourage children to explore and practice skills like jumping, hopping, galloping, tip toeing.
- Attend concerts if possible so children can see the artists and instruments that produce the music. Children can talk about what they saw and heard and learn more about musical concepts and styles.
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