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From the Motion Picture 'House Party' Starring Kid 'N Play.

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17 Fun Dance Games And Activities For Kids

Let children discover new ways to have fun with friends.

Handling a bunch of energetic children is never easy. Kids are restless, and they can’t sit in one place for a long time. If you are looking for ways to keep them engaged, dance activities for kids are the best way to burn their excess energy. Dancing is a fun physical activity for children, allowing them to enjoy and learn new skills simultaneously. We share some unique dance activities for kids to have a fun learning experience in this post.

10 Fun Dance Games For Kids

Dance games are a great way to improve different skills in a child. These games also engage the child physically and mentally. Here we have ten energetic dance games ideas for children.

1. Spotlight dance

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Dancing to the spotlight is an exciting dance game for kids. All you need is a handy spotlight, a music system, and a dance floor to pull off the game.

How to play:

  • Form a group of 4-5 kids. Select one kid to hold the spotlight and another one to work on the music. The one with the spotlight should be made to stand in the middle of the dance floor.
  • As the music starts the kids should start dancing, and the person holding the spotlight should shine the flashlight on the dancers one by one.
  • The one that controls the music can stop it at any point.
  • When the music stops, the kid with the spotlight should freeze and hold the light on the dancer it was on when the music stopped. The dancer with the spotlight on will be considered out.
  • The game continues until one dancer is left.

Related: 21 All-Time Hit Dance Songs For Kids

2. Dance with the hula

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It is a modified and simplified version of a Hawaiian dance form that is quite interesting and fun for kids. You need the hula hoops to start the game.

How to play:

  • Give a hula loop to each kid and play good party dance music.
  • Let them move the hula loop around the waist. Kids who are not comfortable doing it can swirl it around the arm.
  • The one who showcases the best hula dance with a great level of energy will be the entertainer of the day.

3. Dance with a balloon

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If you are hosting a birthday party, then do try this dance party game for kids. It emphasizes on leg and hand coordination. All you need is a few balloons to start the game.

How to play:

  • Get the kids on to the dance floor.
  • The kids need to juggle the balloons while they dance to the music. The balloon should not fall on the floor until the music stops.
  • The one who stays longer on the dance floor juggling the balloons will be the winner.

Related: 25 Balloon Games For Kids That Will Fill Them With Excitement


Shake a leg with a partner

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More than fun, this dance game lets the kids mingle with each other. All you need is a paper and a pencil.

How to play:

  • Make a few chits and write the name of a pair on each chit.
  • Put the chits in a bowl and pick one randomly.
  • Call out the name of the couple on the chit and give them some time to interact and prepare a few dance steps for a chosen song.
  • Let them tap their feet together on the dance floor.
  • The pair that has the most fun dance will be the winner.

5. Gunny bag dance

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Turn a sport into a dance that boosts the physical activity and brings out laughter. All you need are some clean gunny bags.

How to play:

  • Let the children get inside the gunny bag and hold it.
  • The rule is that they should not fall while dancing with the sack.
  • Play music and ask the kids to dance in the bag. The ones who fall will be out.
  • Continue the game until one player remains at the end.

6. The ball dance

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No, we are not talking about the royal ball dance. This is a fun ball dance game that your kids can play at parties or picnics. All you need is a ball, a timer, and a dance floor to get started.

How to play:

  • Line up the children in a row.
  • One child is given the ball first, He or she dances to the music with the ball and passes it on to the next child when the timer beeps.
  • The next kid will continue that dance and perform for a set time.
  • After passing the ball, the child will move out of the row to give other kids a chance. It encourages the participation of each child.

Related: 15 Fun Picnic Games And Activities For Kids

7. The emoji dance

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Kids are fascinated with emojis, so this makes an excellent kids’ dance party game. An emoji-style dance brings out their creativity. All you need are a few large emoji flashcards with expressions like angry, sad, happy, etc.

How to play:

  • The rule is to dance to an emoji expression or theme.
  • The parent can raise a flash card for the kids, and they need to dance to the theme of that emoji.
  • Pick music or songs that match the mood or emotion of the emojis. For example, play a peppy number for a ‘happy’ emoji and some slow music for a ‘sad’ emoji.
  • It is not necessary to play only songs. You can also play instrumental music that is relevant to the expressions.

Quick tip

Ballet bingo is another fun dance activity you could try with your children. There are plenty of themes and printables available online. Download, start dancing, and see who wins by getting all the boxes checked.

8. The clapping dance

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This dance game is a great way to connect the children and improve their interaction skills. A group of kids is all you need to get started.

How to play:

  • Get all the kids on to the dance floor and team them up in pairs.
  • Ask them to come up with dance moves that need them to clap or give a high-five.
  • Give them some time to discuss and prepare the steps.
  • You can either play music or use the claps for the rhythm.
  • The pair that comes up with the most creative dance moves gets rewarded.

Related: 20 Engaging And Fun Hand Clapping Games For Kids

9. Jump to the beats

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Children are full of bubbling energy, so jumping to the beats will keep them physically active and excited. Pick up a few peppy numbers to set the mood and get a blackboard and chalk ready to get this game started.

How to play:

  • Get the kids on to the dance floor.
  • Play a peppy number to which they have to dance as jumping jacks.
  • The children’s performance will be rated with stars, which will be written on the blackboard.
  • The kid who jumps freely and wildly to the music will be the Jumping Jack of the day.

10. Dance with hats

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This is a fun-filled, dance warm-up game for kids and can get competitive when you have a large group. You need a hat, some gifts, and peppy music to start the game.

How to play:

  • One child will wear a hat before the music starts.
  • As the music plays, the kid needs to dance and simultaneously pass on the hat to others.
  • When the music stops, the kid with the hat will be out of the game.
  • The game continues until one player is left dancing. He/she will be declared as the winner.

Dancing needn’t just be fun. It can also be educational and used to teach kids essential skills such as teamwork.

7 Best Dance Activities for Kids

Kids can also have fun with dance activities that promote creativity and team building skills. Here are a few such dance activities you can try.

11. Balancing the book dance

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It is a simple and interesting dance activity that teaches children about body control and posture while enhancing their concentration. You will need some lightweight books to start the game.

How to play:

  • The kids need to place a book over their head before the music is played.
  • As the music starts, they need to dance and balance the book without letting it fall on the ground.
  • They can catch the book if it’s falling and place it back over the head to continue dancing.
  • If they miss and the book hits the floor, the player is out.

12. Dancing with claves (clah-vays)

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Claves is a percussive instrument made of wood. Using it in a dance activity for kids will help develop their gross-motor skills and also improve their eye-hand coordination.

How to play:

  • Make the children sit on the floor.
  • Tell them to hold one stick in their hand and the other stick beside them.
  • Now you tell them to hammer the floor thrice with one stick while singing, “Hammer the floor 1, hammer the floor 1, and hammer the floor 1.”
  • Then, let them use both the sticks and hammer the floor while singing, “
  • Hammer the floor 2, hammer the floor 2, and hammer the floor 2.”
  • In the third round, let them hammer the floor using the two sticks and one foot simultaneously.
  • In the next round, they use both the sticks and both feet. For round number five, they also start shaking their head along with the moves using the sticks and the feet. And for each round, the song should include the number of parts that they are using.

Thus, you can ask the kids to create as many creative dance moves as they can while holding the claves.

13. Painting dance

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Painting is a form of creative expression, as is dance. Combine them, and you have a dance activity that is fun and interesting. You need some kid-friendly paints, a few bowls to make the colors, and a non-skid, washable plain mat for the floor.

How to play:

  • Make a kid stand on the mat.
  • Let him/her dip the feet into a color bowl of choice and take a position.
  • Start playing music and ask the child to tap and move the feet.
  • One by one, each kid dances on the mat with their feet smeared in the color of their choice.
  • When the children are done dancing, you will have a colorful abstract painting on the mat.

Related: 21 Creative Kids Finger Painting Ideas And Ways To Do Them

14. Ribbon dance

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This activity requires the kids to dance while twirling ribbons tied to a stick. The activity develops their creativity, imagination, flexibility, and eye-hand coordination. You can prepare the ribbon-sticks beforehand to save time for the activity.

How to play:

  • Give one or two ribbon sticks to each kid.
  • Tell them to dance to the music using the ribbon stick as their prop.
  • You can make the kids dance individually, in a group or by dividing them into teams.
  • If it is a team activity, you could ask them to choreograph a dance routine and compete for a reward.
  • Once they are ready, play the music and let them perform.

15. Rainbow parachute dance

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The curiousity in kids lets them take their creativity to the next level. This activity is all about making creative formations with a parachute. You will need a rainbow parachute and some space to dance.

How to play:

  • Make the kids hold the elastic handle of the parachute and form a circle.
  • Ask them to move and make random formations as the music plays.
  • They can jump, sit, or run in a circular motion as the music plays.

16. The animal mask dance

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The kids have to observe and learn the movements of different animals and convert them into dance steps. The activity improves their observation skills as well as creativity. For this activity, you need some animal masks and a phone or a TV.

How to play:

  • Give a mask to each kid. Make sure that everyone has a unique animal mask.
  • Before starting the activity, show them the behavior and movement of animals on your mobile or TV. This helps them understand how to dance.
  • Give them some time to practice.
  • Play the music and let them dance. Record and show them how they danced; it could bring out a lot of giggles from the bunch!

17. Dance to hip hop

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Just play hip hop music and let the kids groove to it. Freestyle hip hop dancing is an excellent physical activity if you have some peppy numbers to play.

How to play:

  • Let the kids explore different hip-hop songs and choose the one that they would like to dance to the most.
  • Let them listen to the rhythm, get into the mood, and create their steps.

It can be fun and exciting to organize dance activities for kids and watch your little ones perform. Spotlight dance, dance with hula, dance with a balloon, gunny bag dance, the ball dance, and the emoji dance are some of the best dance activities for children. You may also try outdoor team dance activities such as rainbow parachute dance, and animal mask dance can double the joy. You may ensure that the dancing floors are not slippery to avoid falls. It can be interesting to include dance activities for kids during picnics.

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The sense of rhythm is an integral part not only of creative development, but of the whole life of a person.

It, like hearing, can be attributed to innate feelings that need to be developed. In this blog I will talk about how to do it. nine0013

Anna Zemlyanova Choreography Coach

Anna, why is rhythm development so important?

The sense of rhythm is directly related to human hearing, and this is one of its features. Accordingly, by developing an ear for music, we develop a sense of rhythm. And vice versa. Even if you do not plan to send your child to a dance or vocal studio, the development of a sense of rhythm has a positive effect on the overall development of the child. In particular, participating in the formation of phonemic hearing and the further development of speech. For me, as a choreography teacher, of course, that side of the sense of rhythm that is responsible for choreography is important. Without a sense of rhythm, there is no dance. A non-rhythmic dance (which in itself contradicts the concept of dance) causes the viewer to feel imbalanced. There is music and there are dance moves. Separately, each of them can exist perfectly, but if we combine these concepts, a completely different picture can turn out. nine0005

What can be done to prevent this from happening?

Of course, develop a sense of rhythm! How? In some children, it is very good from birth: the child hears music and can easily step to the rhythm of the music and clap to the beat. There are some kids who find it difficult. A sense of rhythm and an ear for music must be developed, and this is a very difficult process that requires both time and patience. But all goals are achievable with regular practice and the proper level of perseverance and desire! You can develop a sense of rhythm at home, but you must know for sure that everything is fine with your musical ear and you can teach your child correctly. nine0005

When can you start developing a sense of rhythm?

From the age of 1.5 - 2, you can develop a sense of rhythm in your child at home. In our club, in the “Dancing from the Diapers” group, we recruit children from 2 to 3 years old.

How to develop a sense of rhythm at home?

As I mentioned above, these are steps to the rhythm of the music, or, more simply, a march, but the music should be easy for the child to understand. The main requirement for music is that it should clearly trace the musical beats into which the child needs to step. In children's music, most melodies are like that, so there shouldn't be any problems. nine0005

The second moment is clapping to the beat. It is also necessary to pick up a children's song and clap to each beat. Often, when we sit at a concert under the impression of a number, we start clapping to the beat when the number has not yet ended, thereby, without suspecting, we develop an ear for music and a sense of rhythm. It should be the same with the child: he should do it automatically, without thinking.

How do you develop a sense of rhythm in dance classes?

Musical layout is taught during the lessons. Basically, the classic version of the musical layout is four quarters. So we count to four. If you see that all of the above options have been completed, try asking the child to clap on every fourth count, then on every second count, then only on the count of "one" and "three" - they are considered strong beats in music. At an older age, more and more complex movements or accents in a choreographic production are carried out on these shares. In the classroom, I also give rhythm combinations that children do without music: I give the children a certain rhythm, they repeat it, complicate the rhythm and see how they cope with the task. Such exercises develop not only hearing, but also a sense of collectivism. Of course, in the classroom, children do not even suspect that they are developing and that this is very important: for preschoolers, this is just a game, but it should be so. nine0005

  1. For toddlers: sing to your child and learn songs, rhymes with him, make different sounds together during everyday activities, games, gymnastics, etc.

  2. For children of preschool and younger preschool age: recite poems with an emphasis on a strong beat, with claps or stamps on a strong and weak beat alternately, march, perform dance movements to various music. nine0005

  3. Enroll your child in the dance or vocal studio of the club "Magis Children"!

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Benefits of dancing for children

Dance classes bring a lot of benefits to children. Dancing to the music, the kids not only have fun and get a charge of positive emotions, but also develop harmoniously and diversified. We will talk with you today about the benefits of dancing classes for preschoolers, and at what age you can send your child to dance lessons.

Physical development of children through dance

Children who regularly attend classes at the dance school enjoy good health. Properly selected physical activity and activity in the classroom contribute to:

  • Strengthening of all muscle groups;
  • Formation of correct posture;
  • Development of endurance;
  • Improving the functioning of the heart and lungs, strengthening blood vessels;
  • Development of coordination of movements, "muscle memory";
  • Development of flexibility and plasticity;
  • Development of dexterity and speed of reaction.

The correct execution of dance movements requires school and considerable physical effort, but, unlike sports, dance lessons are practically not traumatic and have no contraindications. nine0005

Intellectual development of children

It may seem that active activities have little effect on the intellectual development of children. But this is absolutely not true! Learning movements and their combinations perfectly trains the memory of preschoolers, and the need to constantly monitor the music, the teacher and comrades in the lesson perfectly develops attention. Lessons at the dance school form spatial thinking, the baby quickly learns to perceive the concepts of "top", "bottom", "right", "left", "side", "in the middle", "above", "under", "before", " for" and so on. To transform into the image necessary for the dance, the child actively uses the imagination. In general, intelligence is the ability to adapt to new conditions and learn quickly. In the classroom, children not only perform pre-prepared dances, but also often improvise. Knowing himself and the possibilities of his body, the baby creates a fundamental basis for new discoveries. nine0005

Artistic and aesthetic development at the dance school

Dancing instills in preschoolers a love of art, a sense of beauty, and also opens up a new way of perceiving the world through music and movement. The variety of forms of conveying feelings is formed in the dance school due to immersion in various images. With the help of plasticity and artistic movement, children learn to express their creative ideas, moods, and thoughts. Toddlers also develop an ear for music and a sense of rhythm. Dance lessons undoubtedly contribute to the artistic and aesthetic development of preschool children. nine0005

The unity of movements and music is a special way of perceiving the world, which opens up before the baby during dancing and stays with him for life.

Development of personal qualities

Listening to music makes a great contribution to the development of a child's personality, including his emotional sphere, because it contains many experiences, emotions, feelings, events. Thanks to dancing, children recognize themselves, orient themselves well in their inner world. In addition, babies develop such qualities as:

  • Artistry;
  • Creativity;
  • Public speaking skills;
  • Activity;
  • Self-confidence;
  • Self-monitoring;
  • Discipline;
  • Purposefulness;
  • Perseverance.

We can say that this is a whole school of life.

Development of communication skills

Dance lessons help children improve their communication skills. Kids usually make new acquaintances without difficulty, because the atmosphere that reigns in the dance school is conducive to close emotional communication. Even shy and unsociable children are liberated and quickly join the team. Basically, dancing is a teamwork, so preschoolers develop a sense of trust in others, as well as develop interaction skills with other people, the ability to find a common language with peers in the classroom. In choreography classes, children are taught to express their emotions through facial expressions and gestures, and this greatly helps them to better understand how other people feel. nine0005

At what age can dance lessons start?

Every parent wants his baby to develop actively and fully, so almost from the very birth of the baby, he thinks about which circle to send the child to, which will better prepare him for school. Most sections enroll children over 4 years old. But dancing is exactly the kind of activity that is suitable for kids from 2-3 years old. This is due to the level of physical development of children of this age and their needs. At 2 years old, children usually love everything that has to do with movement. They can run, jump, overcome obstacles almost without stopping. As the vestibular apparatus develops, the ability to maintain balance develops. By the age of 3, movements become more precise and coordinated, and the reaction rate increases. From the age of 4-5, preschoolers have access to complex motor skills that require good physical fitness, dexterity, flexibility and responsiveness. Of course, preschool children, in most cases, cannot master complex choreography and achieve high results. But dancing classes under the guidance of a professional and attentive teacher will allow the kid to express himself and fully satisfy his need to be in motion, as well as prepare the basis for future victories. To accurately determine whether the baby is ready for dance classes, you can ask yourself the following questions:

  • How does the child prefer to spend their free time? Does he like active or quiet games?
  • How does the baby tolerate physical activity?
  • Will he be able to listen to the teacher of the school and fulfill his requirements?
  • And most importantly: does the child like to dance? To find out, you can simply watch the baby or invite him to dance with you.

Toddlers 2-4 years old, along with older preschoolers, can be safely sent to dance lessons, since active physical development takes place at this stage, but you should always take into account the individual characteristics of the child. nine0005


When parents are faced with the choice of which section or circle to send their child to, many choose the dance school. And this is exactly what children of early and preschool age need. Dance classes make a great contribution to the physical, intellectual, personal, social and aesthetic development of the child. Children involved in dancing develop self-control skills, the ability to work in a team and cooperate with peers, and listen to the teacher. Going to school for lessons, the child will be psychologically prepared for new conditions for him. nine0005


In the Montessori club "Sozvezdie" dance classes are held for boys and girls from 2 to 7 years old. Pupils of the younger group learn to work harmoniously in a team and master the lessons of the simplest movements. Senior dancers learn more complex compositions, get acquainted with such expressive means as plasticity, pantomime and facial expressions.

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