One of my favorite dances to do with the my four year olds is the fruit tree dance! It’s at the very end of the warm-up when we stand up in a circle. I love it because it uses their imaginations, gets them to stretch there bodies and allows them to begin to move through space. Here’s the dance:
I tell them to look up high at the big fruit tree over our heads. (after a few weeks all you have to say is “what’s up there?” and they know what you are talking about.) I ask each student what kind of fruit they see on the tree. Some say “bright yellow lemons” some say “heavy watermelons” and usually they say every other fruit that exists, even some fruits that don’t grow on trees! haha!
Once everyone has had a turn we show our basket, which is a round shape with our body, or arms. We then jump up high and reach up high to get all fruit off the tree to put in our basket. I usually have a song for this part. At the end of the song our basket is full. Then we walk very quietly into the middle of the circle but our basket is to heavy, we all drop them and all the fruit spills out onto the floor!
Then I tell them I am so thirsty, of course they say they are too.I say “let’s make some fruit juice with all this fruit!” We then jump and squish all the fruit. We jump and stomp around the inside of the circle until all the fruit is mashed up. I use another song for this part.
I like to give them some feelings or sensations to think about. “Think about squishy fruit in your toes.” “Think about the round fruit rolling on the bottoms of your feet” It’s fun to see them thinking about it and really getting into it!
After we are done mashing up all the fruit, I tell them to go back to their spot in the circle so we can drink up the fruit juice we made. We get a cup, get some juice and drink it all up. Sometimes we even make smoothies too. Before we drink it we smooth out the juice by putting the smooth quality into our bodies. They absolutely love it!
Try it sometime, it’s really fun for you too! Plus, talking about fruit in my class is important. I have been trying to add in vegetables too. Stay tuned for a vegetable dance.
Do you have a dance like this in your warm-up? Do you include fruit into your classes? I would love to hear!
P.s. Find another fun fruit dance here!