Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dancing Days Art!

Throughout September, Please Touch Museum will be celebrating Dancing Days! This month-long series of activities and special performances are designed to introduce children to different types of dance and encourage them to find their own way to dance.

Dancing is a fun and creative way for children to express themselves, while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Dancing is something anyone can do in their own unique way. It also offers children a special way to learn about the parts of the body and practice and further develop their balance, coordination, and gross motor skills. The activities in our Program Room this month are based around the idea of moving our bodies, and exploring and exercising all of these areas of development.

In our Program Room, there's a ton going on during Dancing Days. At our Degas' Dancers activities, kids can view the artwork of French painter Edgar Degas, who is famous for his portraits of dancers, and then use oil pastels to create their own drawings. Once they've drawn a dancer, it will be high time they danced themselves, which they can do at our Dress Up Play table! With a tutu, boa, fairy wings, or foot taps kids can creatively express themselves through movement and motion. Kids can also learn about the parts of the body while making their own Pipe Cleaner People. Acrobats are a manipulative toy that can be attached, detached, reattached, re-detached, bent, structured, and swiveled in near infinite combination. And our visitors can also enjoy two of our favorite activities, blocks and Floam.

I hope to see you hear during Dancing Days at Please Touch Museum, but the fun doesn't have to stop once you go back home! The great thing about dancing is you can do it ANYWHERE!

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