Dancing, Running or Jumping Activities for Kids

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A lot of different activities for kids encorporate things like dancing, running or jumping. Find out more about dancing, running or jumping activities for kids with help from a personal trainer and group fitness director in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Janette Janero. I'm a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. Today, I'm going to show you a great activity to show some dance skills for your kids. This is a great activity for children who may never been in a dance class in their life. You don't even need music. You just need to go ahead and teach them the basic eight count. What you're going to do is you're going to simply count one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. For beginners and younger children you can clap it out as you are sounding it out. For more advanced, you can go ahead and count one, two, five, six or one, five. Now this will help the child if you continue counting it, it will help them keep up with the tempo but once you start taking out some of the numbers and maybe not tapping your foot they have to go ahead and develop that skill to keep that beat. A quick example of what this looks like, again your beat, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. That can be simply one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Again you can see how children that may not be comfortable with dancing it's just movement that's all you're getting them to do. Move along with the time. You can do this with as many children as you want and if there is only one, you could go ahead and just play off of them. So you're going to give them eight counts and in those eight counts they need to do a movement. So they may want to do the same movement for one and two or they may want to do a movement for one, two and three. Either way it's going to be one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight and that's about it. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Once the children are comfortable with the movement you can take it up another level. Let's say you have four children, you have each child perform their movement, then you go around in the circle again. Everybody performs what child one does, then they perform what child one and two does and so on and so forth until everybody knows each other's choreography. This is a really great way to teach children choreographies when they might be intimidated with music or with dancing. It's a great way to get them comfortable with their bodies, comfortable moving around and learning how to move their bodies in beat with the music and time.


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