Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dance at home: Freeze Dance and Favorite Music

This is one of the simplest and most fun things you can do with your child. All you need is your favorite music and a little bit of space. Turn on the music and start dancing. Press pause on the player and stop moving and tell your child to  "Freeze".  If she needs help with understanding the concept then hold her hand or gently guide her to a pose. Be patient, if the child is still dancing or moving it's not a big deal. You can either go with the flow and dance with him and try the game again another time, or you can keep the momentum going and continue to dance and freeze with the music a few more times and eventually the child will get the idea.

If you are not a dancer don't fret. I'm not asking you to do some fancy moves. Keep  this in mind-- no one is watching except your child who still thinks everything you do with him is awesome! Just bounce up and down, rock side to side, or spin in circles. Try holding hands with your child or lifting her in your arms to start with.

Hint: The most important thing is to have fun with your child. Do try to relax and enjoy the moment. Take advantage of the precious smiles and give lots of hugs and kisses.

Leave a comment. Tell us what is your favorite music to listen to with your child. What is playing in your car right now?

Note: The photo above is of my girls when they were 2 and 3 at our house in Indianapolis. They were always in dress up clothes which is why Arianna's leotard is so stained -- she wore it all the time! Obviously your kids don't need to get dressed up to dance but it might make it more fun!


  1. Favorite music--My kids are 8 and 9 now and they love the same music as I do now. Dave Matthews, Sarah McLachlan, Alison Krauss, Avett Brothers are rotating in my car CD player.

    When they were toddlers they loved listening to the Wee Sing Collection, and 100 best Bible songs Collection and I actually enjoyed singing along too:) Then they really got into Billy Jonas, Laurie Berkner, They Might Be Giants, and Elizabeth Mitchell are who I can think of off the top of my head.

  2. I love this photo of your kids. I have similar ones of them at this age in their leotards. So darling.
    Freeze dance is definitely something I need to bring back to the Morrison home. What a stress reliever it can be for me and so much fun for the kids. We love all the kids's music you mentioned as well as the Putumayo Playground music from different countries. As a family we love our Pandora stations of this and that along with country, folk, jazz and a little bluegrass here and there. :)