Musical Balances

Musical Balances

Age: 
3-5 years, 5-8 years
Participants: 
2+
Setting: 
Home, School, ECEC
Speaker & music player (phone), Cones , Flat markers or star markers
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Skills

Set Up:

Note: Musical Balances can be used for any skill focus by adjusting the activities you do when the music stops.

Description:

Ask children if anyone has played musical statues – then explain that in Musical Balances, when the music stops you have to freeze and then go and stand on a marker and make a balance like one of the animal poses (see attached Balance Animal Poses diagram). The coach demonstrates the balance pose and the children copy.

In between balance poses the coach plays the music and the children move around (different movements e.g. run, skip, hop, jump, sidestep, gallop). When music stops they need to make balance that is shown.

  • Turtle
  • Giraffe
  • Snake
  • Lion
  • Dog
  • Flamingo
  • Monkey
Musical Balance_photo

Variations:

  • Increase the amount of time the balance is held for
  • Add in additional balances such as a ‘bridge balance’

Teaching Points:

Balance

  • Head up
  • Eyes forward looking at something ahead of them e.g. tree