Rainbow Ribbon Dancing


Dancing with ribbons or streamers with your child

Materials Required

  1. Rainbow ribbons
  2. Pieces of coloured materials
  3. Relaxing and calming music
  4. Scarves (optional)


Find an open space where your child can move freely and dance around the room – Make sure the floor is free from any trip hazards or obstacles

Method (or Ideas)

  1. Introduce your child to your rainbow ribbons, scarves or pieces of materials.
  2. Talk to your child about the various colours.
  3. Sing “I can sing a rainbow song”.
  4. Play some calm and relaxing music and encourage your child to dance around the room with the rainbow ribbons.
  5. Encourage your child to wave the rainbow ribbons up high, to the side, down low, fast and slow.
  6. Have fun dancing around the room with your child.

Facilitation Tips – What To Say


  1. Colours e.g. red, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange and blue
  2. Wave up high and wave down low
  3. Waving fast and waving slow
  4. Dynamics: loud and soft

Extend the Experience

  • Read the book “I can sing a rainbow”or talk about rainbows – find images of rainbows in the environment using digital technology.
  • Drawing rainbows with chalk on the ground or a chalkboard, or with pencils/textas on paper.
  • Make sounds and music with things you have in the house – instruments, containers, pots and pans, etc.
  • Play “musical statues” by freezing when the music stops.

WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

This is a physical activity which will help your child meet their recommended daily activtity level.

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 knowledgeable and confident self identities
  3. Children feel safe, secure, and supported.


Principle 3: High expectations and equity. Children progress well when they, their parents and educators hold high expectations for their achievement in learning.


Practice: Intentional teaching. Intentional teaching is deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful. They use strategies such as modelling and demonstrating, open questioning, speculating, explaining, engaging in shared thinking and problem solving to extend children’s thinking and learning.

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