We’ve had a great start to our Back to School Dance Classes for the 2014/2015 school year! We couldn’t be happier with all that our children are learning and with an upcoming Nuggets performance, we will be able to share their progress with a live audience!
This year, in our preschool classes, we have been creating a monthly theme of which to base our weekly curriculum and song choices!
Our September theme was ‘Back to School!’
Our kids enjoyed some fun activities based entirely on going back to school! We are going to share some of the fun activities that the kids learned during the month of September. You are more than welcome to try any of these in your dance classes! The next time you’re looking for a ‘Back to School!’ dance game or activity for your little ones, give any of these a try! Leave us a comment and let us know how you like it!
Warm Up Activity: Pack a Lunch
Sitting in a Straddle position go around the circle and ask each child individually what they want for lunch.
Jimmy wants a sandwich- Reach towards your right foot. Grab a sandwich and put it in your box (drum the floor in the center of your legs).
Sally wants an apple- Reach towards your left foot. Grab an apple and put it in your box (drum the floor in the center of your legs).
Boys at the Montessori Children’s House of Denver pack up their lunches during warm ups in dance class.
When all the kids had a turn, eat your lunch up. Starting towards your right foot, bend forward and across the floor to the left foot. Ask, “Who still has food left? Raise your hand!” Then start from the left foot, bend forward and across the floor to the right foot. Be sure to make your “Nom, Nom, Nom!” noises!
Around the Room Activity: Wheels on the Bus
Standing in the middle of the room in the circle sing, ‘The Wheels on the Bus go ‘Round and ‘Round!’
March around the circle and add a different movement to each verse.
The Wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round: March while circling your arms to the right and to the left
The Wipers on the bus go swish swish swish: March while doing swishing arms above your head
Students at BMH-BJ demonstrate how they march in a circle during ‘The Wheels on the Bus!’ activity.
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep: Bend your knees and bounce each time the horn goes beep
The lights on the bus go on and off: When the lights are on do a big jump with arms out. When the lights go off jump in and get little.
The driver on the bus says ‘Sit, Sit, Sit’: Make a pointing finger and bounce. Tell a friend to sit, sit sit.
When you’ve done it a few times, have the kids sing and dance the song on their own!
Across the Floor Activity: Late for School Obstacle Course!
Put together a fun, ‘Late to School!’ Obstacle Course.
Clear the room and put down items in a pathway that the child must jump, climb, or crawl through.
For example: Mats on the floor can be rocks the child must hop scotch on.
Jump ropes could be stairs that they have to leap down. Hula Hoops can be puddles they must jump in.
They need to crawl through a tunnel to get to their spot on the bus.
A student at the Primrose School climbs through an Obstacle Course.
Try these fun ‘Back to School!’ Games in your class! Let us know how like them 😀