Color Garden

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A few weeks ago, my students requested we dance with scarves. I generally love scarves but there is a point that I just get sick of them. I try not to overuse them but the truth is they are an old standby. Right? So, I decided to tell them we would dance with scarves the next week and I would come up with a new lesson using the scarves. It was simple really, but so fun! Here’s what we did:

I let each dancer choose their color and then find a spot in the room and make a statue. Then I would sing a song and call out each color. If they don’t hear their color they stay as still as a statue. They would dance around and through the other statues in the garden and then freeze when the song was over.

Here’s the song: (to no particular tune)
Red, red, dancing in the garden
Red, red, dancing in the garden
Red, red, dancing in the garden
Now you freeze!

Then move on to the other colors. If only one student had a color I would call 2 colors at once, or call them by themselves. We usually did it twice through, so I would change it up each time to make it interesting.

After every color is called I would sing,
All the colors dancing in the garden
All the colors dancing in the garden
All the colors dancing in the garden
Now you freeze!

They loved that one!

I would sing it fast or slow. And always, always use my drum. 🙂

That’s all! I had so much fun with it. The lesson encourages being still while others are moving, spatial awareness — moving around the statues without bumping into anyone. And of course, colors and listening skills! Sooooo many things! They keep asking for the dance, so I will most likely bring it back many time this year.

Have you ever tried a color dance? I would love to hear what yours is like!

p.s. another colors dance
p.p.s. a reader shares a colors dance (at the bottom)

 

 

Comments

  1. Love this and will try soon. I need to purchase better scarves. I have some that are too small (juggling scarves) and some that are way to large for 3 year olds. What do you consider to be a good size and where do you get them? Another option would be to make them myself, of course.

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