A Loopy Dance (Level 1)
Activity type: Offline
For ages: 5 to 6
Time: 30 to 45 minutes
Learning outcome: Pattern Recognition, Loops, Spatial Perspective
About "A Loopy Dance"
Through moving and dancing, let your child identify the loops and repetitions in the choreography. It is also a great time to guide her spatial perspective, by practising with her directions! From there, let her create her own dance with a certain number of loops!
• Dance instruction printable (find it here)
Explain to your child what loops are.
A loop is basically a structure that repeats a sequence of instructions.
To explain it to your child, you could use this analogy. If your sister wanted you to play her favorite song over and over, she wouldn’t say: “Please play my song, play my song, play my song, play my song. She would most likely say: “Please play my song four times.”
From there, let them take a look at the dance instruction printable (or any other kids' dance videos) and get them to identify loops!
- Look at the dance moves provided on the instruction sheet.
- Run through the dance slowly, one instruction at a time. Practise a few times with them, and test them on their spatial memory (e.g. "raise your right arm").
- Ask your child if they can spot the loop (repeating instructions!)
- Ask questions: What would the dance look like if we only repeated the main part 2 times? What if we repeated the main part 4 times? Can you find anything else in the dance that we could use a loop for?
Check out the other levels of this activity here.