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Twinklesteps and Jett’s Dance Dares

Summer is well and truly underway, and in true British style we’re getting lots of the wet stuff as well as the hot. Whatever the weather, we thought it was time to head outside this summer with Twinklesteps and Jett’s Dance Dares. Do you dare…?

Twinklesteps and Jett's Dance Dares

Our first dare is easy peasy – do you dare dance outside?

Wear whatever shoes you like (or no shoes at all) and have a go at dancing outside. We’re big fans of this and can guarantee you’ll have fun with all the space of your garden or park to play in. Practice your ballet moves or make something up. Dance alone, with a friend, a parent or even a pet.

Samba the Dog

Jett dares you to do an arabesque with a leaf between your toes…

This one’s a lot of fun. Find a leaf and put it between your toes (don’t go for a prickly one!). Now try and do an arabesque…is it easy or hard? If it’s super easy why not try with a leaf between every toe!

Twinklesteps dares you to make a dance obstacle course out of outside objects

Collect some twigs, stones, leaves (or anything else you find), arrange them on the ground and then make up a dance that weaves in and out of them. Add in some leaps and jumps and you’re away.

Twinklesteps and Jett dare you to dance as if you can fly.

Twinklesteps has wings and Jett has magical arm bands which help him to fly. Can you make up a dance and pretend you can fly too? Do some long graceful leaps and you might even start to fool the birds! If you’d like to make some flying wristbands of your own you can follow our craft activity here.

Practising ballet in the garden

Finally…

Twinklesteps and Jett dare you to dance using a stick as a wand.

Everyone loves a stick and Twinklesteps and Jett are no exception. Find a good stick and pretend it’s a wand. Use your wand to help you as you dance amongst the flowers and trees, sending magic to the plants to help them grow.

Well done for giving Twinklesteps and Jett’s Dance Dares a go. We hope you enjoyed them. If you have ideas for any more Dance Dares do share them here on our blog or on our Facebook page.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, from the Twinklesteps team.

 

Nursery Rhymes to Dance to

We’re big fans of Nursery Rhymes…each one has a story to tell, some capturing gruesome historical events in simple, innocent rhyme and others fun, beguiling and delightful. They’re a fantastic way to encourage communication, a love of music, learning & participation as well as being enormous fun to sing. Here are three nursery rhymes we particularly like since they encourage dance and movement as well as actions and singing.

Are you ready? Stand up and get ready to march along to…

The Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand old Duke of York he had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down.

Find out about the history of The Grand Old Duke of York here.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

When the blazing sun is gone
When he nothing shines upon
Then you show your little light
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Young children often learn this with twinkly hand movements and it’s also a great one to use your whole body to dance to. Check out this rather fun version from The Wiggles with some  ballet choreography you could copy:

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
So early in the morning

You’d be hard pushed to resist dancing to this nursery rhyme and it’s a great one to do outside. The song has several verses with lots of scope for creative movement in the lyrics. Read the whole song here.

And just for a bit of fun, since we couldn’t find a nursery rhyme all about fairies (do tell us if you know any) we’re sharing our own very Twinklesteps song written by Stephanie Gardner:

Twinklesteps Song

When I look in the mirror, what do I see?
A little girl smiling, who looks just like me.
With wings and a crown, and all dressed in pink.
She’s a fairy or princess. That’s what I think.

Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Come out and dance with me.
Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Happy, our dance will be.

She is waving her wand, with a smile on her face.
She is spreading her magic all over the place.
She winks and she whispers “the magic’s complete”.
There are two sparkling shoes on my two little feet.

Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Come out and dance with me.
Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Happy, our dance will be.

Can you fly like Twinklesteps?

Can you fly like Twinklesteps?

I hope you enjoyed reading this and do let us know what you think in the comments section below. Check out our shop for all your fairy ballerina accessories, perfect for creative play, and for our very first book about Twinklesteps the Fairy Ballerina.

By the Twinkle Team