If you’d like to help your children be creative here’s one way:
Music does something to us as humans, it can lift us up, provoke forgotten memories, energise us, relax us, make us laugh and make us cry. Possibly most importantly it makes us move!
Dance is one of my passions, always has been. I went on to get a degree in it! So it’s unsurprising that my two mini me’s love it too. One of my happiest things to do is watch my kids express themselves though dance, just lose themselves, dance like no one’s watching and all that!
Some children might need a little encouragement with this. You could:
- Push the furniture aside, choose something you love to listen to and play it (preferably loud) and lead by example, just go for it.
- Put out a couple of chairs for the audience (you), kids love attention.
- Make lots of encouraging oohs are ahhs as they dance.
- Do a little positive appraisal at the end (during the performance make little notes) saying what you loved.
- Challenge them to: use the floor, include turning, travelling, elevation (jumping), transfer of weight, stillness, just move one body part. All to add interest.
- Can they make up a routine incorporating all of these elements?
Above all your enthusiasm will produce positive results. I saved our train tickets once and they gave these out to us as theatre tickets over and over, they loved it.
By the way it’s obviously great exercise when you can’t get outside as much in the winter months.
Enjoy and please let me know your thoughts in the comments.