This works best with 4, 5, and 6 year olds!
Partner up the class and still working on Partner A and Partner 1, ask them to decide. Then ask one partner to make a shape with a lot of space in it. It helps to model what that might look like. A frozen shape with “holes” in it.
One partner makes the shape and the other partner “colors in” the empty space with all of their body parts. Encourage them to use shoulders, and feet, and head, and legs and many other body parts. Otherwise, they will only use their hands and then it just looks like they are waving their hands around their partners body.
Eventually they are improving the movement around their partner. When that partner thinks they have it all colored in, they then choose a shape to make and freeze. That tells the other partner that it’s their turn to color in their shape.
It keeps switching back and forth, until you feel like they have gone back and forth a few times. I tried to encourage them to make different shapes every time too, just to make it more interesting! It’s so beautiful to watch! I put on some instrumental music and it seems I could have put it up on stage. They were creating a dance!
I just had open classes last week and we shared this with the parents. They loved it!
Have you ever tried teaching your preschoolers negative space? Have you ever tried this “coloring in” exercise? I would love to hear!
p.s. I did this exercise for the first time in college modern dance. The fact that my 4 year olds could do it, just completely blows my mind. 🙂
p.p.s. the drawing above was the best I could do for a frozen shape with space in it. You get the idea, right?