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Children love moving to music, and regular movement helps them develop control, coordination and strength.
As they move, kids master skills like crawling, running, jumping and swinging. This is how they develop a sense of where their body is in space, and improve their balance, coordination and strength.
Dancing, musical games and movement activities develop their coordination, control and body awareness. This also provides the opportunity for kids to explore the beat, rhythm and tempo of music. Listening to songs and music further helps them develop their listening skills, language, vocabulary and memory.
Put some music on and try bending, pushing, stretching and twisting. You can explore moving at different heights, or create shapes with the body. Explore balance and control when stopping or keeping the body still to hold a pose.