Children and adults naturally move to the sound of music. From soothing music to relax to vigorous music to dance and have fun, we have a tendency to move our bodies when we hear music. The good news is that music helps children (and adults) develop and strengthen their muscles. Physical movement helps balance, coordination, self-esteem and body awareness and music makes us move in fun ways! Have you ever tried a Zumba class at the gym? or a Bellydancing class? Well, you probably had more fun doing that class than working out in the treadmill!
I recently discovered a new Wii game, about dancing. It’s so much fun AND you exercise and sweat a little (or a lot!). I think this “game” is a fun way to incorporate music and movement in your lives. However, not everybody is interested in buying expensive video games and you really don’t have to!
So, here are some ideas to incorporate music and movement in your daily activities!
clap: follow the beat of the song. This helps learn rhythm and it helps children practice the rhythm of same-pace activities such as walking, cutting and bouncing!
play instruments: playing instruments helps develop fine motor skills. Shake those maracas!
use your body as instrument: stomp your feet, snap fingers, or click tongue. This helps children be aware of their bodies and fine tune their muscle movements.
dance, dance, dance: Have fun dancing following the rhythm of the music!
The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy music and exercise a little while having fun! So turn on the radio and move!