dancing at home

Dance at Home with your Toddler

We all know that dancing is fun – especially if you’ve been to one of our Hip Hop Tots® dance sessions! But you know what else is fun? Dancing with your toddler in the comfort of your own home! 

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The Benefits of Dance. 

The benefits of dance are well documented. Dance and creative movement allow your toddler to have a creative outlet and of course keeping active keeps your toddler healthy.  

Dance at Home. 

Begin by setting up your dance space at home, particularly if you have a small space to work with. Ensure the area is clutter free, especially of dangerous objects and trip hazards. It is also best to put away toys and turn off the television to avoid distraction. 

Pick out some of your favourite dance tunes. If you need some inspiration, why not download our Hip Hop Nursery Rhymes; five nursery rhyme favourites with a hip hop twist. We have a great mixture of tempos which will inspire different types of movement and helps to develop your toddlers gross motor movements. Slow songs require more focus on balance and control with bigger movements. Faster tempo songs require more energy and faster movements.  

Then have some fun getting your boogie on with your toddler.  

Family dancing together

Dance Activities. 

Whilst improvised movements should make up the majority of your activity you can also add some fun creative activities along with the dancing. For example, come up with a dance move and have your toddler copy you and vice versa. You can also experiment with moving up and down the room with you leading then your toddler leading.  

The main thing is for both of you to have lots of fun together, bonding and modelling a healthy and active lifestyle. Give it a try and let us know how you get on.

About Author

Paula Sampson Lawrence

Hip Hop Tots® is a parent-child activity suitable for both boys and girls from 18 months to 6 years of age; sessions can run all the year round and are guaranteed to appeal to every child – because all children love to move.