Another snowy or rainy day in your area? Trust me, I get it! Here in South Dakota it’s not uncommon to have a full week of indoor recess – and we let students go outside unless it’s below zero with the windchill. Due to all of the indoor recesses we have, I’m so excited to share with you about Nursery Rhymes from Dave and Ana! Please read on to hear about this wonderful YouTube channel! It will be great for your next day of indoor recess or for a great brain break!
Nursery rhymes from Dave and Ava are educational videos for young kids that bring new life to traditional children’s songs and nursery rhymes. They are designed to embrace all four major areas of child development:
- Cognitive: Children learn to follow basic story sequences.
- Language: Kids can better differentiate sounds of consonants and vowels, learn new words, phrases and can easily recognize word patterns and rhythms.
- Physical: Catchy tunes of Dave and Ava songs encourage kids to start moving and dancing! Children improve large motor movement, balance, and coordination.
- Social-Emotional: Nursery rhymes promote moral values, and teach children that actions have consequences. Kids laugh and smile as they watch funny episodes of nursery rhymes, which develops kids’ sense of humor.
In this article, we will focus on the physical aspect of children development. Music videos are very helpful during brain breaks because they stimulate right brain hemisphere and maximize kids’ benefit from learning! Videos from Dave and Ava can help you set up a brain break and get kids’ wiggles out, allowing kids to move and learn at the same time.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Set up a dance party!
- Put on a music video, give kids some ‘instruments’ and start dancing and singing!
- Jump over small and large objects… Book, pillow, chair – whatever you can find in your classroom or at home!
- Get a mini trampoline, and get kids bouncing on it, with or without music.
- Make an obstacle course using pillows and other available objects – anything that kids can crawl through or climb over.
- Play hide and seek, and switch turns between kids and teacher! (Just make sure everyone knows what area they have to stay within!)
- Play with bubbles and try to catch bubbles on different body parts.
- Play a particular music video, and then invite kids to act out the story (or their version of the story!)
- Invite kids to pretend to be different animals and walk and make sounds like them.
All kids are different and some of the brain break ideas may work better than the others. Main thing is to get kids smiling and moving – try the ideas above and see what works best for you!
Make sure to check out Dave and Anna on YouTube. A special thank you to Anna for bringing this to our attention to share with our readers. Leave them a comment below letting them know what nursery rhyme you would like to see added to their channel next!