My kids are suckers for anything with a character from a film. So as much as they love yogurts and Frubes, they have been desperate to try some when they saw that they had ‘Angry Birds’ on them. Everything tastes nicer when it has your favourite character on, right? Hey, I’m not complaining, having a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium helps little ones as they grow. Strong bones ahoy!
So after we got some of these Angry Birds Frubes, we though we would check out their website (angrybirds.frubes.co.uk), where you can do a dance-off between the pigs and the birds. Max was pretty much loving life!
But as entertaining as that was, it got me thinking about an actual dance-off and why dancing can be beneficial to kids. Even my little two year old bops along whenever she hears music, even if we are in the middle of the shops. So it seems children do just love to move and dance. But what are the benefits of it for them?
An Alternative to Team Sports
We all want our children to be healthy and stay active. Plus, as pretty much any parent knows, our kids have so much energy! It is great to be able to channel that in some way (and tire them out please). Sports are a great option to get them physically active. But team sports might not be appropriate for some children, especially for younger ones. So dancing is a great alternative.
If you have ever had dancing lessons (or just enjoyed a night out dancing), you know how physically demanding it can be. So it burns calories and helps to improve your child’s aerobic fitness. So their stamina will improve, along with their flexibility and range of motion. Their physical strength will improve which helps things like posture and how they play. So it really is a no-brainer to get our little ones into dancing.
Social and Confidence Benefits
Dancing is a social activity, especially when it gets to the point of dance shows or competitions. So as well as their physical health, it can help their mental health and wellness. Being able to make friends, develop trust and cooperation, are all a part of dancing. It can help them to improve in confidence too. It can reduce their anxiety, as they will learn new skills and will get use to performing to an audience (even if it is just you at home).
Do your little ones love to dance? This has really inspired me to look at lessons for Max – I know he would love it!
*This post is an entry for BritMums’ #FrubesMoves Linky Challenge, sponsored by Frubes.