Most young children love music and love to dance…even if that just means jumping around to the beat. Music and movement can make for a positive outcome for a lifetime!
Researches believe that children who enjoy a “rich sensory environment” = exposed to a wide variety of tastes, colors, smells, textures, and sounds…forge more pathways between cells in their brains. These pathways, called “neural connections” are strongest when children actively participate, in musical endeavors.
Studies show that kids who regularly sing, play instruments, and/or dance, early in life, actually:
- do better in both reading and math – when they start in school
- have better physical control their bodies, and are more able to focus and stay on task
- tend to have higher self-esteem, and play better with others.
And of course, the benefits in exercise, are widely known…so turn on some music and let loose. It’s good for your a child, and it’s good for you, too! Get out some fun props. Hats, scarves, shawls…the more colorful the better. Dance to different types of music – classical, golden oldies, country. Move the furniture out of the way, and go for it…the more dramatic the better!
Children seem to have a natural sense of rhythm, so build on that. Grab some pot’s and pans, and serving spoons and bang to the beat. Get a “band in the box” at your local discount store, or make drums out of oatmeal canisters. Have fun, and take pleasure in each other’s company!
Shake your bootie…get your groove on…dance to the music…and make exercise FUN!
Put on a yellow hat, grab some bananas, and gather your little monkeys, and check this out!
Calling All Curious George® Fans!
Curious George Announces First-Ever Dance Contest. Kids are Invited to “Exercise Their Creativity” Through Dance fora Chance to be Featured in an Upcoming Curious George DVD!
Boston, MA and Universal City, CA, March 5, 2012 – Calling all parents! Does your child love Curious George? Do they love to dance? Have them show off their best monkey moves and exercise their creativity in the first-ever Curious George Dance Contest! During its sixth season on PBS KIDS®, the Curious George television series is featuring a special focus on the arts, including dance. Dance is a great way for kids to express themselves, and a fun way to exercise! Parents and guardians are NOW invited to enter a video of their child dancing to the Curious George theme song for a chance to be featured on a Curious George DVD! You might even win a visit from George himself! Whether your child likes to bop, shake, jump, twirl, or spin, we want to see how they boogie along with Curious George.
Now through April 2, 2012, parents and guardians of kids aged eight and under can send in videos of their child’s moves to CuriousGeorgeDanceContest.com. A panel of judges will choose ten finalists based on their creativity, enthusiasm, and originality. Then, starting April 16th through April 30th, George’s friends and fans–the public–will vote for the winner. All finalists will receive a Curiosity Kit, filled with a Curious George book, game, DVD, and other fun George merchandise. Contest entries will be accepted through April 2, 2012. For complete rules and regulations, and to submit your child’s video, visit CuriousGeorgeDanceContest.com.
“We love to see how kids are inspired by George’s contagious curiosity and unending enthusiasm,” says Senior Vice President of Animation Production for Universal Studios Family Productions Ellen Cockrill. “Through movement and dance, kids can be creative, curious, and may even discover a new passion or artistic outlet. We’re excited to see what kids come up with.”
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