Freeze Dances


Dancing and freezing when the music stops!

Materials Required

  1. Some fun music!
  2. A clear space for music and movement.
  3. Scarves (optional)
  4. Kitchen implements/containers as musical instruments (optional)


Prepare a clear space that is hazard and trip free to allow for music and movement.

Method (or Ideas)

  1. Choose some fun dancing music.
  2. Dance around with your child.
  3. Stop the music and say “Freeze”.
  4. Hold hands up as your are freezing and encourage your child to stand really still.
  5. Repeat several times and most importantly have lots of fun!!

Facilitation Tips – What To Say

  • Stop and go
  • Moving fast/slow
  • Moving body parts up/down
  • Round and round
  • Rhythm and beat
  • Spinning and twirling

Extend the Experience

  • When the music stops touch something that is green, red , pink etc.
  • Playing musical chairs.
  • When the music stops make a funny face or a funny animal sound

WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

This activity encourages your child to be physically active.

Early Years Learning Framework


  1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
  2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
  3. Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.


Principle 1: Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships. Through a widening network of secure relationships, children develop confidence and feel respected and valued.


Practice: Learning through play. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning. Children’s immersion in their play illustrates how play enables them to simply enjoy being.

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