The Sunday Showcase
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This post is part of a series called The Alphabet Dances where I am exploring the alphabet through movement and dance with my children.  Today it is Z for ZigZag (Yummy's letter choices seem to have no rhyme or reason), which seems like a perfect occasion to explore pathways.  
We still had a bit of snow on our yard from the other day (and it looks like we might be getting more soon!), so I bundled the kids up and we headed out to make some zigzag pathways in the snow.  Before we left the house, I drew a zigzag line for Yummy, making sure she knew what the word meant.  At first we just raced around willy-nilly, in somewhat jagged lines.
Yummy was soon forgetting that we were supposed to be zigzagging and just raced around screaming with joy at being outside.  I decided we needed a bit more structure to this experience, so I scuffed out a zigzag path in the snow with my feet.  It's a bit hard to see in some of the photos; we will have to try this activity again when the snow is deeper.

I also had the brainwave of using painter's making tape to do this indoors -in a big open room or gym would be fun!
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Using the zigzag pattern in the snow, Yummy and I used all sort of locomotor movements: walking, running, hopping, jumping and leaping.  We tried going forwards and backwards, and even did some side-stepping.  
Dooter wasn't into dancing at all today -he kept wandering off, meowing at the cats.  He seems to prefer dancing in the house, with the music turned up.
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What motivates your kids to dance?  I'd love to hear your tricks!
This activity explores these Elements of Dance:
  1. Space: Pathways (zigzag), Direction (forward, backwards, left and right)
  2. Movement: Locomotor (walk, run, hop, jump, leap)

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11/8/2013 05:19:06 pm

My kids are so hoping we see some snow this winter too, it bypassed us last year.

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11/8/2013 08:47:57 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Coombemill! We usually have no lack of snow here; though I know both me and the kids would miss it if didn't happen. Here's hoping you get some white snowy days too!

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11/8/2013 07:57:35 pm

What great fun! I think my Little Man would have probably joined Dooter to meow at the cats. Lol.
I have to admit we do most of our dancing in the kitchen well out of public view!
Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party :-)

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11/8/2013 08:49:45 pm

Ha ha -yes, I am sure we would spend less time being crazy outside if we didn't live out in the middle of nowhere, Leila! The kitchen can be a very inspiring place to dance.

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11/9/2013 07:02:04 am

These alphabet dances are such great ideas for letters (and just moving and having fun!). Kids are going to remember the shape of a letter so much fun by dancing than by just looking at it or even writing it down.

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11/9/2013 08:57:39 am

I think so too, Emma! Yummy loves learning words that connect to letters and she definitely remembers the ones we've danced about! Thanks for taking time to leave a comment!

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Meg
11/15/2013 03:06:00 am

I saw that you have dances for E, J, and Z. Do you have them for any other letters?

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11/15/2013 03:12:32 am

Hi Meg, thanks for your interest! Those are the only letters I've posted about so far -they are pretty random, I know! I've been letting my daughter choose the order we go in and she doesn't seem to have much of a method!! I am slowly working at getting more completed and posted; if you subscribe to get my posts by email (in the bottom of this post, or in the sidebar), you'll be sure to know when I publish more (Later next week I am going to post about U!). Is there a particular letter(s) you are interested in? Thanks for stopping by!

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