Toddlers are seemingly endless bundles of energy. And getting two toddlers together might seem like a recipe for disaster… or at the very least complete and utter chaos. However, it can also be a lot of fun. Maybe still chaotic, but definitely fun. As Squeaker has gotten older, I’ve started to think about playdate ideas. And one of the playdate ideas that I’ve thought about is having a dance and movement playdate. I really do think that this could be a lot of fun!
Why a dance and movement playdate?
Because it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can use items that you already have around the house.. Really all you need is music to have a dance and movement playdate. But you could make it fun by adding in costumes, noise makers, scarves, etc.
Dancing also brings many positive benefits to the lives of everyone who participate in it. There are many things a person gains from it, and children are no exception. Dancing affects a child’s development in many wonderful ways, and here are seven of them.
Dance can provide a child with a route to understanding their feelings more thoroughly. The self-awareness a child gleans from dance is highly important in the development of their emotions. Becoming more self-aware causes a child to gain more confidence.
Dance brings a child a feeling of accomplishment that contributes in a major way to their self-esteem. This in turn makes them feel more confident. Self-esteem is one of the most important gifts that you can give to your child, and it will last them a lifetime.
Dancing affects a child’s ability to be creative. Their thoughts and feelings are expressed through the art of dance, and this will give them a lifelong ability to create and express themselves in meaningful ways. This will affect them in every area of their life, and can open up doors in both future job opportunities as well personal pursuits.
Do you have a child who has trouble concentrating? Dance can assist them in learning how to focus. The combination of activity which prevents boredom, along with the focus required to learn it, is a great mix that will help them to find the value of applying that focus to all tasks, even those of the most mundane variety.
When children are learning to dance, their coordination develops greatly. Whether your child is more or less coordinated than most, they will find a place to fit in with dance lessons. For the uncoordinated child, they will grow in this area. For the naturally coordinated child, they will become even more coordinated than what they already are.
6. Spacial Awareness
Spacial awareness is when someone is aware of their position within a space. It is about understanding the relation of objects to themselves, and realizing the changes that occur when they change position. Dance helps a child to understand this concept, and to become adept at figuring out the specifics in regards to it.
7. Social Skills
Dance is an excellent way to teach one’s child social skills, especially when learning in a group. When your child is learning a refined art such as dance, they will naturally learn about how to present themselves, and how to act appropriately toward others. Taking turns and being kind are all part of what you can expect your child to learn when they participate in a dance class. Performing in front of audiences is also a skill that will assist them in their personal growth.
Dance is fun, but fun is not the only great thing about it. When your child participates in dance, they will gain many benefits and learn many new things. It affects childhood development in the best possible way. Give your child the gift of dance for positive childhood development and lifelong benefits.
And even if your child isn’t so interested in dancing, you could try gross motor games. Maybe not something like Twister, but familiar games like Ring Around the Rosie or Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
So long as your child is moving, include it in your playdate! Not only will you get them moving, you might just get them tired out enough that they’ll have an easier time sleeping that day.
What other games would you include for this playdate idea?
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