Preschoolers should engage in 60 minutes of structured play and 60 minutes of outdoor play. Finding structured activities that can be done indoors and in small spaces can be challenging. Music and dance may just be the optimal choice! University Nevada Cooperative Extension has created some music and dance opportunities that can be downloaded and used as part of a curriculum, as a teacher-led, structured activity or as an activity to break up sedentary time. The music is multi-genre, has healthy messaging related to physical activity and healthy eating, incorporates math, science, music and creativity and other Pre-K standards and teaches children fundamental and perceptual motor skills that help them become active adolescents. Music and dance is fun, it doesn’t exclude children who are less skilled, it can be done at school or home, with friends or family and it promotes brain development and social interaction. The dances below can be taught using multiple platforms including audio mp3 with and without instructional voiceover, a dance instructional video, written lyrics and dance instructions or music videos for practice and family shared entertainment.
View Water Instructional VideoDownload Water Song AudioDownload Water Song Instructional AudioWater Lyrics and Credits
I Am a Seed was written and filmed in Mesa, Arizona in partnership with Native American, Tony Duncan. The media project is part of a larger nutrition-garden curriculum developed by UNR Extension in collaboration with Garden Farms to promote fruit and vegetable consumption and teach young children how to grow vegetables in their preschool garden. The yoga-like movements promote mediation and relaxation in children to help them self-regulate emotions such as feeling anxious or sad.
View Boogie Oogie Slide Instructional VideoDownload Boogie Oogie Slide AudioDownload Boogie Oogie Slide Instructional AudioBoogie Oogie Slide Lyrics and Credits
View I've Got Moves Instructional VideoDownload I've Got Moves AudioDownload I've Got Moves Instructional AudioI've Got Moves Lyrics and Credits
View Pack It Up Instructional VideoDownload Pack It Up AudioDownload Pack It Up Instructional AudioPack it Up Lyrics and Credits
View Supposed to Polka Instructional VideoDownload Supposed to Polka AudioDownload Supposed to Polka Instructional AudioSupposed to Polka Lyrics and Credits
View Ven Conmigo Instructional VideoDownload Ven Conmigo AudioDownload Ven Conmigo Instructional AudioVen Conmigo Lyrics and Credits
View Yebo, Let's Go Instructional VideoDownload Yebo, Let's Go AudioDownload Yebo, Let's Go Instructional AudioYebo Let's Go Lyrics and Credits
View All 4 Kids Chant Instructional VideoDownload All 4 Kids Chant AudioAll 4 Kids Chant Lyrics and Credits
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