Anyway, to celebrate, I thought we would share some of our favourite things to do so here are some ideas from the TRS Teachers.
What’s in the bag prop task, getting them to guess what it is always fun.
GeorgiaI second this! A bag full of egg shakers makes wonderful sounds when you wiggle it, creates conversation and excitement as they put a hand in to feel what could be in the bag and then produces big smiles as they pull out a brightly coloured prop that doubles up as an instrument! Magic!
I love to pick out a prop (whatever it maybe, scarf, balls etc) and watch them explore the different movements they can make using it.
I like to use bubbles at the end of class. I ask them to dodge them and make funny shapes with there bodies or pop them. They always look forward to it.
I love an improv story. It’s great to see the unexpected things that the dancers come up with. Even if I have some ideas, give them something I think is difficult or give them a really specific task, they’re always surprising me! Plus, there are so many things you can do with an improv story! I wrote a whole blog about it here… http://www.therightstepdc.co.uk/2018/11/21/improvisation/
Props props props… I love a prop and so do they. I also have a theme for each class… going to the park, winter weather (in winter), dancing in the rain, and then each theme leads to the movements we do such as splashing in puddles, lifting our knees high when walking thru snow, swishing the fallen leaves with our feet etc.
I’d say things that make noise or that are very tactile.
Georgia about classes for babies
I love to watch their eyes follow the noisy objects. Parents like to see how they react to different tactile objects too.
I used to use light up balls when I taught ball skills – turned the lights in the room off and then they just bounced the balls around