Monster Dance

What You Need:

  • Music
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Black marker
  • Hole punch

What You Do:

  1. Help your child draw circles on the construction paper that are at least nine inches wide.
  2. Encourage them to identify the shape and cut out each circle.
  3. Assist your child to use the hole punch to make a hole in the top of each circle.
  4. Help your child use measurement tools (e.g. rulers) to cut pieces of yarn that are each at least a foot and a half long. 
  5. Encourage your child to compare the yarn pieces by asking them questions like: Which piece is longer than the other? Which piece is shorter? How do you know?
  6. Thread one piece of yarn through each paper circle.
  7. Help your child tie each yarn piece in a small knot.
  8. Brainstorm dance awards with your child. Consider awards for Best Stomp, Fastest Dancer, Spookiest Moves, Silly Tapper and Best Monster Impersonator!
  9. Help your child use a marker to write out one award on each paper circle (they can even trace or you can dictate for them).
  10. Set the awards aside.
  11. Gather up your monster dancers. Remember, this isn't just a game for kids—no one's too old for a monster mash!
  12. Turn on the music.
  13. Encourage everyone to show off their best dance moves. The sillier, the better.
  14. While everyone is dancing, have your child start passing out the awards. Make sure everyone gets one!
  15. After the music ends, let your child officially announce the winner of each award.
  16. Play the music again! See if your child's friends and family members can win different awards this round.

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