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Watercolor Snowflake Craft

Watercolor Snowflake Coffee Filter Craft for Ages 3-8!

Looking for a simple snowflake craft to try with your early childhood students? Or, maybe your studio is hosting mini-camps over the holiday season? Try our watercolor snowflake craft! Great for ages 3-8.

What you’ll need:

This simple craft doesn’t require many materials. All you’ll need are small white coffee filters, washable markers, a spray bottle with water and child-safe scissors. Optional: hair dryer, something to put under the coffee filters when spraying with water and coffee (for yourself if you need a boost).

Make your snowflake!

  1. First, using the markers, decorate your coffee filter with multiple colors. Remind your students that the colors will all blend together, so it doesn’t have to be perfect! Also, any designs they make with shapes, animals, figures, etc. will blend together when they’re wet.
  2. Next, use your spray bottle with water and saturate the coffee filter with water. Allow the colors to blend together, creating the watercolor effect. This part might get messy! Have some paper towels ready to catch any drips and gloves if you want to save your hands from stains.
  3. Allow the coffee filter to dry. It takes about 15 minutes to let it air dry. Otherwise, use a hairdryer for a faster drying time. Just watch out for water splatters from the dryer blowing water off the filter.
  4. Once the coffee filter is dry, fold it into a small triangle. Then, use your scissors to cut small shapes along the folded edges of your triangle. (Cutting is a great fine motor activity!) If your dancers are still developing their scissors skills, it may be too difficult for them to hold the folded coffee filter and cut. To prevent feelings of frustration, help your dancer by securely holding the coffee filter while they do the cutting. Additionally, help your students if they’re not using child-safe scissors.
  5. Finally, open your filter and ta-da! You have a watercolor snowflake!

It’s that simple! This is a great craft to use at your winter camps and to share with your families for some at-home fun.

Looking for more craft fun?

For our friends in the southern hemisphere, or anyone looking for another fun craft idea to use in the studio, check out our Salty Watercolor Line Art Activity. This is a fun and educational craft to use any time of the year!

Learn more about what makes Intellidance® unique

The foundation of the Intellidance® Method is the combination of dance and music concepts, identifying specific vocabulary in dance and music, and developing the understanding of both through the connection between concepts. These connected concepts provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, practice, and create using multiple senses and intelligences. This is what makes the Intellidance® Method so unique.

Interested in learning more? Check out our website to continue reading about Intellidance® Method.

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Triple Playlist Share: Holidays Galore!

Today we’re sharing THREE of our “Favorites” Spotify Playlists! It doesn’t matter whether it’s winter or summer where you live, whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or even just love this time of year – we have a playlist for you!

Winter Holiday Favorites

This playlist features a variety of songs celebrating the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa holidays that are celebrated this month, plus some winter classics! It includes a mix of instrumental, jazz, pop, classical, dance, folk and children’s musical styles, providing you with a wide variety of ideas and inspiration to bring to your classes this season. Enjoy!

Winter Christmas Favorites

Celebrate Christmas with our wintery Christmas favorites, created by Intellidance® Advisory Board Member and Certified Instructor Liahona Walus. This new playlist is perfect for our friends living in the northern hemisphere! Included are family-friendly classics with a mix of instrumental, classical, folk, relaxation and children’s musical styles songs, providing you with inspiration for the entire holiday season.

Summer Christmas Favorites

This one is for our southern hemisphere friends! Celebrate Christmas in the summertime with this new Summer Christmas Favorites Playlist, created by Intellidance® Advisory Board Member and Certified Instructor Liahona Walus. Enjoy a mix of summery classics and children’s musical styles songs in your classes this month!

Looking for more Spotify Playlists?

Intellidance® Freeze Dance Favorites

Intellidance® Instrument Play-Along Songs

Intellidance® Cuddle and Relax

Learn more about what makes Intellidance® unique

The foundation of the Intellidance® Method is the combination of dance and music concepts, identifying specific vocabulary in dance and music, and developing the understanding of both through the connection between concepts. These connected concepts provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, practice, and create using multiple senses and intelligences. This is what makes the Intellidance® Method so unique!

Interested in learning more? Check out our website to continue reading about Intellidance® Method.

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more FUN on purpose!

The Holistic Benefits of Dance for Children

Dance is not an extra, dance is a critical component of every child’s overall education and experience as a human being! It supports the WHOLE child ????????????????⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Cognitive Outcomes:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Increased knowledge and understanding of the body⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Increased vocabulary and subsequent language development⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Development of problem solving skills⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Improved listening skills and ability to follow directions.

????Increased observation skills and improved application and evaluation skills⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Affective Outcomes:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Increased ability to express feelings through movement⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Ability to express feelings verbally about self, others, and dance⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Increased self-esteem and body image⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Development of socialization, trust, and cooperative skills by working with others⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Appreciation of peers and other cultures⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Physical Outcomes:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Increased general health and wellness through physical activity⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Development of greater dance skills and movement vocabulary⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Increased body awareness, control, balance, flexibility, coordination, strength, endurance, and agility⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
????Reduction of stress and/or anxiety⠀⠀

Baby Shark: Speed and Tempo Rhythm Stick Activity for Young Children

????Baby Shark Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo????

I know, I know, some of you are probably sooooo over Baby Shark… the same way we needed to Let It Go ALREADY a few years ago!

But if you can grin and bare it, these “ear worm” songs can be very beneficial for young children.

Using familiar songs to work on new skills is very supportive of young children’s learning and success. Through repeated listening, children create strong neural connections to the song, allowing them to predict and anticipate what comes next in the music.

Repeated listening also impacts the reward centre of the brain, releasing dopamine, leaving children feeling GOOD! This combination of predictive recall and happy emotional state is optimal for practicing a new skill!

If you don’t have rhythm sticks at home, you can use:

  • chopsticks
  • pencils
  • paper towel rolls
  • wooden dowels/spoons
  • sticks from your backyard

Keeping the beat activities also support your young child’s language development and motor skills development! ~ Jessica Baudin-Griffin, Intellidance® Founder

Intellidance® Spotify Playlist: Animal Movement Songs for Young Children

Young children are endlessly fascinated by the natural world! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In preschool, many children will independently engage in imaginative play based on animals. My own daughters spent hours and hours fully immersed in their “kitty cat club house” game. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As I always try to meet my students where they are at, animal based dance and music activities are a big part of my preschool curriculum. Animal focused movement is a wonderful way nurture creative expression in young children. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With that in mind, I’ve put together a brand new Intellidance® Spotify Playlist: Animal Movement Songs!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This playlist features 30 of my favourite animal themed songs for young children to stomp, slither, fly, and have a roaring good time!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You can take a listen at: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6qp2kZQLgpfTF2ThOSex8W…
I hope you enjoy!

~Jessica Baudin-Griffin, Intellidance® Founder

Put The Beat On Your Nose: Body Parts and Beat Song for Young Children

Today I wanted to share with you a simple action song from the Intellidance® Babies and Tykes curriculum: Put The Beat On Your Nose!

This adaptation of the song, If Your Happy and You Know It, is an fun way to work on body mapping and awareness through labeling and identifing different body parts.

This song also utilizes beat by gently tapping and touching different body parts rhythmically. Steady beat is associated with young children’s language and motor development and will also support their eventual reading skills.

Like everything we do at Intellidance®, these simple songs are a great way to have FUN on purpose! ~Jessica Baudin-Griffin,Intellidance® Founder

The Intellidance® Child Learning Cycle

From the moment a child is born they are learning! Early learning is experiential. Children are continually engaging and responding to environmental, sensory, and relational experiences. In the very early years, these experiences establish the foundation of a child’s knowledge base. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Children continue to construct new knowledge by building on prior experiences. The processes of thinking, reflecting and reasoning about their experiences helps a child discover new connections and progresses them to the next level of understanding.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In the Intellidance® Method, we identify the processes children move through in constructing knowledge and acquiring concepts and skills as the “Learning Cycle”.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Learning Cycle is an interactive cycle comprised of:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Awareness⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Exploration⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Acquisition⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Application⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It is this ongoing Learning Cycle that takes children on a journey of exploration and discovery!

~Jessica Baudin-Griffin, Intellidance® Founder

Teacher Tip: Teach Young Children Dance Conceptually

As an educator and parent, I want the children I teach to take the skills they learn in my classes and apply them outside the studio. I want what I teach to be relevant, purposeful, and meaningful in children’s day-to-day lives and help them shape a bright future. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Regardless of what paths and interests they choose to pursue, I want what they have learned at my classes to be valuable.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Conceptual dance is process driven. It challenges and inspires children to explore, inquire, and problem solve. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It helps children communicate and create meaning in the world around them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It challenges the stereotype that effective dancers must fit a certain body type. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It increases self esteem and confidence. It is holistic, beautiful, and child focused.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It takes dance from a once a week activity in the dance studio to a way of joyfully traveling through life.

~Jessica Baudin-Griffin, Intellidance® Founder

The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Action Song for Young Children

Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite songs for teaching young children about the concept of Relationships. Young children are developing body and spatial awareness everyday as they learn how to navigate around objects and people in their environment.

In the action song, The Bear Went Over the Mountain, we use simple movements to introduce young children to the following relationship vocabulary:

  • Over
  • Around
  • Under

This song also supports young children’s fine motor skills as they walk their “bear” fingers on, under,  and around their knee “mountains”.

I hope you have a BEARY good time with this one! ~ Jessica Baudin-Griffin, Intellidance® Founder