Based in San Francisco, is an early childhood education blog by Tiva Lee Samaru. HER posts explore; through videos and other resources - original early childhood education curricula and ideas for enrichment classes, as well as, tips and tricks for classroom management and general childcare.

Cool as a cucumber

Cool as a cucumber

A cool-down activity is always a nice refreshing change from the upbeat pace of the rest of a dance class.

A cool-down activity also helps your body reset, and this is very important. Also, it can bring awareness to your students that this is the end of the dance class. We've found this awareness to be helpful as it encourages our students to put their last little energy, effort, and focus into this one last activity!

In other words, TO GO OUT WITH A BANG! 

Now, your students may not necessarily understand all of this; that is why you need to teach them. Take the time to explain this to them in simple terms so that they can understand and get used to a cool-down activity being a part of a standard dance class structure. In this way, they would learn and understand the value of a cool-down activity and probably appreciate it more as well.

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With seaweed on our minds, it was an obvious choice to model this activity after seaweed swaying in the ocean. We started in a low position and moved slowly upward to standing. Then reversed the movement, ending in the beginning position.

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How did it go? 

Our students well received this simple activity. We had fun playing around with different (slow to slowest) speeds, which proved to be an excellent way to teach them about taking their time! We all know how most children can be. Everything is a race. It's always about being the first one to finish, and we saw those antics at the start. Sooner rather than later, though, our students embraced the idea of taking their time and got deep into things and at times shouted out in excitement over how slow they were moving!

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One suggestion to make this activity a lot more calming would be softly playing some calm music or ocean sounds in the background to accompany the movement.

Take a look!

So if you are looking for a cool-down activity to incorporate into your ocean themed dance class curriculum, then feel free to watch our video. We are sure that your students will be and feel as cool as a cucumber during and after this activity.

Keep It Cool,

Tiva & Randa

Language play

Language play

A plate of seaweed

A plate of seaweed