Into The Outdoors: Camping Dance

Read It. Move It. Share It. is a collaboration with Kerry from Picture Books and Pirouettes. Once a month Kerry recommends a book for me to use in my creative movement classes. Then I write a post on what I did with the book and how I used it with my students in hopes of giving you some new ideas to use in your classes! Here is the August book. Enjoy!

Camping! Have you ever been? I have only been once, but I imagine if you are an outdoors-y type person, camping is just for you! I asked my littles if they  had every been camping and about half of them raised their hand. I was really happy to explore this book about the outdoors and camping with them! (city kids!)  This book is perfect for 4 year olds! 

1) Make a tent: Pair up the students and ask them to make a connected pointed shape with a space in the middle so you can lay down and sleep! Each tent was a little different and super cozy. Some used their arms, some used their legs and some were upside down! The key is to encourage them to make it look different, so not every tent looks the same.

2) Make a trail: This is a good way to practice pathways. I said “this trail is super swirly. There are some straight paths and we might have to zig-zag to get around the rocks. Are you ready?” I asked them what they saw on the way. In the book they say “the trail winds around the lake” Be careful not to fall in!

For this, I also had the idea to make a trail with tape so they could do it on their own and come up with movements on their own. Maybe we skip on the zig-zag part of the trail, and crawl on the straight trail. Just an idea, but I think would be a good way for them to have a little more creative freedom.

3) Make a waterfall: This was fun! In the book they walk behind the waterfall, so,  I split the class in two. One group was the water fall, the others were the “travelers.” The waterFALL gave us lots of loose falls and really wonderful movement. The travelers loved walking behind the waterfall too! We talked about what the movement quality was like and their favorite falls! Then we switched groups.

4) Make a mountain: First we looked at the mountains in the book. They are different sizes, some of them are pointed and some of them are round. I asked them to get back in their partners (from the tents) and make a mountain together. Then we moved all of the pairs close together and it was one big mountain made up of tiny mountains! It looked really cool! Then I tried to climb it (pretend) and they all laughed at me. 😉

A really great book for the end of summer! Want to know more about the book, climb on over to Kerry’s blog for more!

Have you ever tried a dance about camping? Or made mountains or waterfalls? I would love to hear!


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