Twist and Shout

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Skill: Balance

10 minutes

Requirements

  • Open space
  • Stereo equipment
  • Music: “The Twist,” “Twist and Shout,” “Let’s Twist Again,” “Peppermint Twist”

Instructions

  1. Show your child how to move with a twist (raised bent arms rotate with torso one direction, bent legs rotate with hips in other direction).
  2. Play music and start twisting with your child.
  3. Call out “shout!” every 15-20 seconds. Each time, your child must jump straight up.
  4. After landing, your child must resume twisting.
  5. Try to twist low to the floor from time to time.

Variations

  • For a challenge, try to twist on one foot

Benefits

This activity develops coordination and balance as kids shift their weight from one foot to the other while twisting their body through a dynamic range of motion.

Suggested Age4-12 years