You will need
- Device to play music
Learn through play
This activity was created with our friends at Boing Kids. Boing is all about giving children the tools they need to explore the world around them and solve problems in a fun way. They support people to create playful, active, and inclusive spaces that develop children’s physical literacy. Physical literacy means understanding how you interact with the world around you – it involves concepts like reacting to objects, moving creatively, and interacting with other people.
Before you begin
- Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here.
- Test out your device to play music and make sure it can be heard throughout your whole space.
Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:
- Set up a handwashing station that you can use throughout the session. Everyone should wash their hands before and after they use any equipment.
- Remind everyone to stay socially distanced when moving around.
- Make sure people clean their hands before using any equipment and again straight afterwards.
- Only one person should touch the equipment to lay it out at the start. Clean equipment between different users.
- Everyone should split into equal groups. Each group should find a space.
- Each group should choose a song to make their dance routine to. The person leading the activity should make sure it’s appropriate for the group.
- Everyone should come up with their own dance move.
- Each group should fit their members’ dance moves together into a 30 second routine.
- Once everyone is ready, the groups should come together to show off their 30 second routines.
Take the time to think about what you did and why – you’ll be amazed at what you learn. Try out a quick, active reflection from our reflective toolkit to lock in the great things you tried and learned in this activity.
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.