KID'S DANCE PARTY GAMES & ACTIVITIES
These kid's dance party games and activities are just what you need to get that birthday party swinging!
All kids love to dance and these games and activities will encourage even the shyer ones to have a go.
You can use these party games and activities for any party but if you are having a dance party then also check out my kid's dance theme party for ideas for decorations, invitations and other cool stuff.
KID'S DANCE PARTY GAMES
Always a popular game with boys and girls. Make your own limbo stick by screwing an L-shaped cup screw into a pole of soft wood (make 2). Make sure that the hooks are evenly spread and parallel on both pieces of wood. Secure the wood poles into buckets filled with sand or rocks. Insert a long thin bamboo garden pole between two hooks and voila a perfect limbo pole.
Put on some music with a good beat and see who can keep their hoopla going the longest. You could use large hoops to put round the waist or smaller ones for the wrists, or even both together! If you need some hoops, I have found a pack of 12 hoops which seems good value.
Turn down the lights and sit the kids in a circle. Put on some music and get the kids to pass round a flashing light ball/key ring or toy. When the music stops whoever is left holding the light is out of the game. Keep going till there is one child left.
String a balloon net to the ceiling. Blow up lots of balloons and write the name of each child on a balloon – one balloon per child. Release the net and see who can be the first to find their balloon.
Name That Tune
Divide the kids into pairs or teams. Play the first few lines or bars from a song and get the kids to guess the title and artist. Give points for correct answers and see who can be named "DJ of the year".
Get the kids up and dancing. Every so often stop the music and ask a trivia question. Give a small prize such as a neon bracelet to the first person with the correct answer.
KID'S DANCE PARTY ACTIVITIES
Using blank or unwanted CD's, stick two together (label side in). Decorate them with rhinestones or clear glass paint and thread a colored cord through the center hole so that you can hang it near a window.
Hire a karaoke machine and have a singing competition. Get your camcorder out it you have one as the kids love to see themselves performing. If the kids are shy, get them to sing in pairs or groups.
Buy some PLAIN WOODEN MARACAS and get the kids busy decorating them with acrylic paints.
Funky Hot Hair
Get lots of different colored hair spray, gel and hair glitter and see who can create the coolest hair-do. Even the boys like the colored hair spray. Just don't call it hair spray!
Buy a cheap white T-shirt for each child and lots of luminous fabric paints. Get the kids to design snazzy patterns and slogans. These will look great under the party lights and they make good party favors.
How about teaching the kids some dance steps. I'm not a good dancer but these 2 dances are easy to learn and if I can do it then so can the kids.
Macarena Dance Steps
The dance steps are quite simple (once you get rid of your two left feet!). They consist of a series of hand and hip movements and when each series is completed you turn your body ninety degrees. You then repeat the hand and hip movements followed by another ninety degrees turn and so on.
On the count of each beat just follow the moves below:
Beat 01: Place R arm straight out in front of you at shoulder height, palm facing down.
Beat 02: Place L arm straight out in front of you at shoulder height, palm facing down.
Beat 03: Place R arm straight out in front of you at shoulder height, palm facing up.
Beat 04: Place L arm straight out in front of you at shoulder height, palm facing up.
Beat 05: R hand grasps the inside of L arm at the elbow.
Beat 06: L hand grasps the outside of R arm at the elbow.
Beat 07: Place R hand behind R back of neck.
Beat 08: Place L hand behind L back of neck.
Beat 09: Place R hand on L front hip.
Beat 10: Place L hand on R front hip.
Beat 11: Place R hand on R back buttock.
Beat 12: Place L hand on L back buttock.
Beat 13: Swing your hips to the left.
Beat 14: Swing your hips to the right.
Beat 15: Swing your hips to the left.
Beat 16: Clap your hands and jump turn 90 degrees to the right
That's all there is to it!
Mexican Hat Dance Steps
On the count of '1': Fold your Left (L) arm across your stomach. Place your Right (R) elbow on your L hand keeping your R hand open as though saying 'Hi'. Fling your R hand back at the same time as putting your R heel out in front of you.
On the count of '2': Fold your R arm across your stomach. Place your L elbow on your R hand keeping your L hand open as though saying 'Hi'. Fling your L hand back at the same time as putting your L heel out in front of you.
On the count of '3': Fold your L arm across your stomach. Place your R elbow on your L hand keeping your R hand open as though saying 'Hi'. Fling your R hand back at the same time as putting your R heel out in front of you.
On the count of 'and 4': Clap 2 times - quickly!
Start again repeating the counts 1 - 4 for a total of 7 times.
Now the music changes:
On the count of '1': Clap
On the count of '2': Clap
On the count of '3: Clap
On the count of '4': Clap and raise your arms high and shout "OLÉ" (pronounced oh-lay and means hooray in Spanish).
Repeat the sequence three times.
The music starts again from the beginning, so repeat Step 1, 4 times.
Now the music becomes faster. Hold hands with all the dancers to form a circle and move quickly around in a side step fashion.
And that's it!