Under the Sea
|CLASS AGE. Yrs 2,3,4,||DURATION. 10 mins PLUS||EQUIPMENT. Optional music / Under the Sea from Little Mermaid.|
|FACILITY. Hall/||ACTIVITY TYPE. Warm Up/Fun activity/ Development for longer piece of Dance work||Visual Aids. Seashells pictures or actual sea shells. Pictures /Book of sea creatures|
The best way to use this Dance /Movement activity is to develop it over a couple of sessions . Don t be inclined to use all the creatures at once. Allow the children to use their imagination and adapt their suggestions.
Be aware of the Shark ! No doubt you will get suggestions of Shark !, The kids love running around with a hand shaped Fin on their head. Therefore the Shark movement can make the children excited . When introducing the shark use descriptive words such as Stealth like, Muscular, Fast then Slow and Hunter , this will help you dictate the movement .
This is your control command. Using your body make a seashell shape , tight curled , circular .Use visual aids .
Octopus. On the spot movement , wiggly arms and legs. Moving up &down.
Crab Sideway stepping movements only bent knees, arms and hands turned out to 90degrees with claw like snappy movements.
Clam Standing still opening long wide arms slowly, then shut quickly !
Dolphin Leaping turns and twists, graceful athletic movements.
Jelly Fish. Moving backwards large sweeping actions with arms , arching of the body.
Using the music Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals Saint- Saens. Have the children move slowly around the room, finally ending up lying down of the floor .