Dance Builds Motor Skills

Dance is always a fun way to burn of excess preschool energy but did you know that dance also supports a child’s motor and cognitive development? Today, we feature the Little Miss Muffet dance to demonstrate how to incorporate both gross and fine motor skills into a fun and familiar tune. Gross motor skills allow a child to move large muscles. Dance movements that support gross motor coordination and balance include rocking side to side, raising and lowering arms, and swaying arms back and forth.

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Fine motor skills allow a child to move and control small muscles. This is important for learning how to write. Grabbing and releasing objects is an infant’s early stages of developing fine motor skills. In the Little Miss Muffet dance, children open and shut their hands. This stimulates muscle control in the fingers and requires great brain concentration.

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Now it is your turn to dance. Click on the Dance ‘n Beats image below and get ready to move. Invite your children to dance along with you and build motor and cognitive skills. This choreography was created by Maria West, a professional dance instructor and expert in Early Childhood Development.

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Every month, Mother Goose Time releases a new Dance ‘n Beats DVD and Guidebook to help you incorporate more dance and movement into your program. Learn More.

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