It goes without saying that kids love parties and why wouldn’t they! Parties represents a few hours of guaranteed unbridled fun where children can be themselves while spending time with friends or making lot’s of new ones! Thinking back to when you were a child, there is a good chance it was games like pass the parcel, statue or musical chairs that really stuck in your memory – It probably also helped if you won a prize!
Even as adults, our strongest memories are often linked with a song or a dance move. My partners favourite was big square, little square cardboard box and yes…he still does it. With new research linking the benefits of music and movement to intelligence, emotional stability and even to treating a wide range of disorders, music really is a powerhouse that just can’t be ignored!
So how does all this fit into an article about musical activities? In a nutshell, making music as a key part of any event, encourages participation, confidence and community. Put on a great song and watch how your empty lounge room becomes an energy filled dance floor! Music creates a safe place where everyone is equal, and self-expression is encouraged. Did I also mention that it gets kids moving?
Listed below are 3 road tested music and movement games/activities expertly selected for your next party as well as a “Just Dance” playlist curated just for your occassion. It’s time to get this party started!
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1. The Limbo
An old party favourite, Limbo is a great musical activity that promotes turn taking and spatial awareness. Using a broom handle, or a long piece of plastic tubing ask two adults to hold each side while children wait in a line ready to conquer the limbo stick! Children learn to duck in anticipation while judging the space between the ground and the limbo stick as it gets lower and lower. A fun activity that will put a smile on everybody’s face.
2. Musical Hula Hoops
This is a great take on the game musical chairs, but instead of chairs you lay, depending on the size of your group, hula hoops on the floor. As the music begins encourage children to dance around the hoops until the music stops. Then they must race to get inside a hoop with one hoop disappearing as the music commences.
The trick is. All the kids remaining must pile into the last hoop to win the game. This encourages inclusion and teamwork.
4. The Tissue Boogie
The title is self-explanatory. Strengthen balance and concentration by simply placing a tissue on your child’s head while they dance. Encourage them to try to keep the tissue on their heads while they get down and boogie. A super fun activity sure to get a few grownups giggling!
So that’s it, with all the amazing benefits, it’s time to start planning your next super musical party, playgroup or get together all the while creating memories that will last a lifetime!
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