An old party favourite, The Limbo is a great musical activity that promotes turn taking and spatial awareness. Using a decorated broom handle, or a long piece of plastic tubing ask two adults to hold each side whilst children walk in a circle in anticipation to conquer the limbo stick! Children learn to duck in anticipation whilst judging the space between the ground and the limbo stick as it gets lower and lower. A really fun activity that will put a smile on everybody's face! Recommended all ages.
LET'S GO FLY A KITE
Using rainbow ribbons, scarves or tea towels, walk in a circle around the room to the famous song: Let's Go Fly A Kite from the musical Mary Poppins pretending your rainbow ribbons and scarves are big beautiful kites. Encourage children to swirl their kites, in circular motions whilst walking or skipping to this wonderful song. The chorus is contagious, so don't forget to sing along! Recommended all ages.
SHAKE SOMEBODY'S HAND
This is a socialization activity that I have personally seen do wonders for shy and reserved children. I especially wrote Shake Somebody's Hand, from the Let's Learn Album to use in my parent/child classes. The results were very rewarding! In a group situation encourage your child to shake hands with both an adult and a child to this uplifting song. At first your child might be apprehensive and refuse to shake hands but don't force the issue, just listen to the song and home and repeat the process another time. This is a great introductory song that can be used in mothers groups, parent/child classes, childcare's and even schools! Recommended all ages.
BALANCE A BEANBAG
To the song, She'll Be Coming Around The Mountain, or a similar traveling song, hand out beanbags and encourage children to walk around the room with them on their heads. This is a great balancing activity. Depending on your little ones age, you might want to encourage them to balance two or even three on their heads - making this fun activity a little more challenging. Recommended for ages two and up.
MUSICAL HULA - HOOPS
Musical hula-hoops is a fun variation of Musical Chairs. Using large hula hoops , four to five, depending on number of children present, encourage children to dance or walk around the hula-hoops until the music stops. When the music stops every child must be inside a hula-hoop. Each time the music stops take away a hula-hoop until there is only one left. The goal of the game is to get all the children into the last remaining hula - hoop. This is a great non competitive teamwork activity were children learn to co operate and help each other in order to reach a common goal. Recommended for ages five and up.