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Starcatchers’ #WeeInspirations

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CREATIVE IDEAS FOR UNDER 5s

THE BASIC IDEA

Next time you’re having a kitchen disco, say”Dancing cheek to cheek!” then dance with your cheek against theirs as you count to 8. Vary the shapes and moves you make by naming different body parts – “dancing knee to shoulder” anyone?

OVER TO YOU, WEE ONE

Ask “which body parts we should dance with next?” and let your wee one decide – they may tell you with words, pointing or gesturing. Give lots of feedback: “that’s your head, shall we dance head to head?” naming body parts and showing you’re paying attention to what they’re telling you.

CHEEKY BONUSES

  •  Develops body confidence and sense of self 
  •  Develops vocabulary and communication 
  •  Numeracy, counting and rhythm
  • Dancing together is a great way to burn offenergy AND boost your mood

VARIATIONS

  • If there’s a few of you, you can work in pairs or try to link ALL your bodies together
  • Count in twos, fives etc to help older siblings with different aspects of numeracy
  • Pretend you’re stuck together – hilarious!

AND REMEMBER…

If you’re worried about the game getting a bit too rough, try playing some slower music and focus on gentle touch, giving LOTS of praise when your wee one is gentle.

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