Activities like dancing will cause your child to think about balancing, moving, and shaking all at the same time. Often you will notice your child having difficulty and wanting to focus on one thing (like shaking the hips). This is okay because he is still building up his dance skills.
When your child hears music, it makes him want to dance without any prompting from you. Dance moves may only consist of him bobbing up and down with his feet planted on the ground. Your child is just enjoying the fact that he can bob up and down, shake, and move his feet without falling down. As your child matures, you will see him combine moving side to side with circling around. As he moves into age two, you will notice that the arms are incorporated in his moves. He’s having fun, too!
Your child loves having a dance partner. Set a time during the day to dance with your child to different genres of music. You may be surprised by how much rhythm you have!
As you encourage dancing in your child, you also encourage him to express himself and be creative. This will help him later in life as he learns to improve his coordination, build his spatial awareness skills, and think through ways of how to move his body.