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Dance with your toddler

from 1 year 6 months to 3 years

Toddlers feel music in ways it seems some of us adults have forgotten. They use their bodies to express emotion and explore the ways their bodies can move!

Here are some ideas to help you explore dance with your toddler.

  • Put on some music for your toddler and see how they react. You may have noticed that it doesn't take much at all to get your toddler dancing. Just put on something with a nice rhythm and you’ll see them start moving. They might not even realize that their legs are bouncing around in their car seat while you’re playing music on your commute. Even very young toddlers are aware of different rhythms and the feelings they elicit. You’ll see this in action, for example, if you put on slow, classical music and ask your toddler to dance (they might slowly sway or spin) versus rocking out to something with a fast beat.
  • Even if you have two left feet, if you are an adult that enjoys music and dancing, it’s a great idea to implement dance sessions for your toddler and engage with them. But many adults may feel clumsy or uncomfortable with dancing and find it hard to get in touch with that part of themselves. If that's you, then try not to focus yourself and your moves - try to move along with your kid. It doesn’t need to be formal or perfect at all. Try to remember what it was like when you were a child. Do you remember all the silly songs and movements that went with them? Start out with well known nursery rhymes that have simple hand, arm and leg movements with them.

Make cool photos of dancing with the little one, upload to the App. Write whether he/she likes dancing.

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