Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Firework Dance Explosion

Fireworks can be a great inspiration for movement.  Most of us will be able to see and, if not see, hear fireworks this weekend.   For some children this is exciting and for others this can be quite scary.  By exposing kids to a kinesthetic firework activity, it can enhance the experience for some and make fireworks more accessible to others.

Ask kids to show you in their bodies these words:
  • Boom
  • Pop,pop,pop
  • Bang
  • Sizzle
  • Crackle
  • Twinkle
  • Flash
  • Sparkle
  • Quiet, calm, still
Now see if you can pick a few and put it in sequence:
  • Boom, crackle, flash, twinkle, twinkle, Bang
  • Pop,pop,pop, sizzle, sizzle, Bang
  • Flash, Sparkle, Twinkle, Boom
  • Twinkle, crackle, Sizzle, quiet, calm, still
Fireworks sail high into the air, explode reaching out far into the space and then fall to the ground.  Can you create a dance sailing, exploding and then falling?  Can you create a dance reaching high, reaching far and wide and reaching toward the ground?

How can you show color through dance?
Can you dance with multiple scarves?  Does each color represent a different step or movement?

Can you show the difference in your body between the two opposites of fireworks loud  and quiet stillness?  Can you be really still and then explode into movement? 

We learn through experiences.  So by children processing fireworks through their bodies and creating their own fireworks show through dance, can help them process the fireworks when they see, hear and smell it on the 4th of July.

Have fun creating firework dances with the children in your life.  What you create might be far more beautiful then what appears in the night sky!


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