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The Itsy Bitsy Spider – an Upper and Lower Body Main Moves Activity

Who’s ready to warm up our upper and lower bodies!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider rhyme and song can be utilized in a variety of ways in your Intellidance® classes! In this video, we’ve curated a fun, playful activity that focuses on the Brain Move pattern of moving the Upper and Lower Body.

Why Focus on Upper and Lower Body?

The organization of the upper and lower body allows them to move independently or in synchronization. Grounding the upper or lower body also promotes emotional stability. Learn more about the BrainDance™ and Brain Moves in our previous blog post HERE.

Fun Variations

Switch things up with these fun variations:

  • Make your body small and sing the song quietly
  • Make your body large and sing the song loud
  • Sit on the floor and experiment with moving your legs while seated
  • Follow the leader around the room
  • March in and out of a circle

Use your imagination! The possibilities are endless!

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.

Playlist: Bounce Into Spring

Looking for new song ideas? We’ve got you covered! This week, we’re sharing our Intellidance® “Bounce Into Spring” Spotify Playlist with you. It’s perfect for ages 0-5 years and can be used for transition music, creative movement activities and across-the-floor, or you may even find the perfect song for the cutest spring-themed routine. Spotify Playlists are just 1 of the perks you’ll get when you become certified to teach the Intellidance® curriculum!

Intellidance® Bouncing into Spring! Spotify Playlist. Rabbit leaping over a red tulip with butterflies around it.

Are you ready to BOUNCE into spring with your students?

Today we’re sharing a fun, spring-filled Spotify playlist that your dancers will love. Freshen up your classes with songs that celebrate the new season and let us know that spring is here.

This playlist includes 16 Bunny/Rabbit-themed songs perfect for early childhood dance and music classes! Happy hopping!

Spotify Playlist

Click the play button in the top left-hand corner to open the playlist on Spotify.

What sets Intellidance® from other programs?

On the outside, it looks like a fun experience for parents to bond with their kiddos. But on the inside, we’re making magical things happen in the brains of our tiniest students. Intellidance® uniquely combines movement AND music to create stimulating class content that will impact milestone achievement beyond your wildest imagination! Here’s how we help you do that…

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Conceptual movement education combined with creative dance and music is the heart of the Intellidance® Method!

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!

Using a concept-based approach to movement education teaches young children a meaningful movement vocabulary that can be applied to any style of dance, sport, or movement-based activity. Movement becomes a universal language and holistic tool that is beneficial to children.

Benefits of Conceptual Movement:

  • Increased physical literacy
  • Language development through verbal and non-verbal expression
  • Increased listening, observation and problem-solving skills
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Reduction in stress and anxiety

What makes Intellidance® an international success?

What makes Intellidance® an international success is the depth of the research, planning and detail that have gone into each curriculum and the high standards of individualized training we offer our teachers. With comprehensive teaching and business materials, and support from our global team ensure you have everything you need to create business success!

Business and Teaching materials

  • Lesson plans
  • Videos
  • Activity guides
  • Music playlists
  • Marketing materials
  • Webinars
  • Coloring pages
  • Posters
  • and more!

Intellidance® isn’t just for dance teachers!

We have certified instructors working in a variety of professions, including:

  • Music teachers
  • Early Childhood teachers
  • Librarians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Yoga and fitness instructors
  • Psychologists
  • Anyone who works with young children and families!

Ignite your passion, increase your confidence, expertise and satisfaction as a teacher, and reduce stress and frustrations with Intellidance® Method.

Spring Brain Moves Coloring Page

If you loved last week’s “Paint the Rainbow” activity from our Spring Brain Moves package, you’re going to LOVE this adorable coloring page! Just click the image to download it! If you want to watch last week’s activity demo video, you can find it here!

Coloring page of a rainbow with clouds on either end. Stars are in the background and a paint bucket is pouring paint onto the rainbow.

Want more BrainMoves activities? Shop our Spring BrainMoves Package!

Learn more about BrainDance™ and why you need to utilize it in your classes here!

Spring Brain Moves Activity for Tactile Stimulation

Wondering how to include tactile stimulation in your BrainDance™? Check our Karly’s Paint the Rainbow activity here…

Spring is here and with it our new Spring-themed Brain Moves 🌸

Brain Play™ and narrative BrainDance™ is a quick and easy way to effectively warm up the body, whether you’re in the dance studio or classroom.

Our new spring-themed resources include activities that focus on breath, tactile input, core-distal, head-tail, upper-lower, body sides, cross-lateral and vestibular input.

Paint the Rainbow

The ‘Paint the Rainbow’ song is a fun, creative way to incorporate tactile input (touch) into your Brain Play™ warm-up. This activity utilizes brushing, patting and poking movements that warm up the skin, help create body awareness and provide sensory input. Encourage your students to “dip” their hands into paint and brush the colors of the rainbow onto their arms, belly and legs for an imaginative, playful Brain Play™ activity!

Why BrainDance™ and Brain Play™?

Brain Play™ and the BrainDance™ patterns mirror the development of the brain and motor skills that babies and toddlers progress through on their way to becoming mature movers. By practicing these fundamental movements, we strengthen the body’s internal support for both every day and more complex movements.

Moving through the BrainDance™ patterns help fill in developmental gaps, provides sensory integration, rewires the nervous system and reorganizes connections to the brain.

Spring Brain Moves Package Includes…

✅ 3 complete Spring-themed BrainDances™

✅ 24 coloring pages to correspond with each section of the Spring-themed BrainDances™

✅ 24 full-colored posters to correspond with each section of the Spring-themed BrainDances™

✅ 10 “anytime” poem-based, song-based and narrative-based BrainDances™

✅ 34+ tutorial videos to learn from or play directly to your students as they follow along with Intellidance® Brain Moves mini-course that dives into the importance of BrainDance™ and how it’s done

✅ The Brain Moves Teacher’s Guide

✅ Lifetime access to your Spring Brain Moves content…no membership fees!

The Spring Brain Moves package is only available until March 31st, 2022! After that, it’s gone forever!

Visit: Spring Brain Moves For Young Children Mini Course & Resource Package – Intellidance® to shop.

Want to learn more about the BrainDance™? Check out last week’s blog post!

What is BrainDance™?

A blue frame surrounds 8 images depicting breath, tactile, core-distal, head-tail, upper, lower, body sides, cross-lateral and vestibular patterns of the BrainDance™

You’ve heard about BrainDance™, but what is it, why is it so beneficial and which age groups should you be using it for? The quick and dirty answer is it’s a way to wake up the brain to get it ready to start learning and you should be using it in ALL of your classes, for all ages.

BrainDance™ is the brain-child of Anne Green Gilbert.

Developed by Creative Dance Center founder, Anne Green Gilbert (M. Ed), the BrainDance™ is based on eight developmental movement patterns human beings will move through in their first year of life through primitive infant reflexes and floor play. Brain Play™ activities are designed to foster young children’s body awareness and coordination, assist with early brain development and support emerging language and literacy skills.

When used as a warmup, BrainDance™ movement patterns integrate the brain and body by supporting neurological re-patterning, body alignment and connectivity, and increase blood and oxygen flow. The BrainDance™ can also serve as a useful assessment tool for professionals working with young children to identify sensory and motor delays or difficulties.

For more information on Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance™ please visit

8 Movement Patterns

The BrainDance™ involves 8 movement patterns:

  1. Breath
  2. Tactile
  3. Core-Distal
  4. Head-Tail
  5. Upper-Lower
  6. Body Sides
  7. Cross-Lateral
  8. Vestibular

Breath is life. When a baby is born his/her first breath fills the brain with oxygen which causes rapid brain growth. Breath continues to be key to our ability to think, move and feel. Slow, sustained breathing not only provides our brain and body with the oxygen it needs to fully function but also can ease feelings of stress and anxiety.

Touch is an integral part for babies to develop secure attachment during infancy. Touch develops body awareness and sensory integration. Continued skin-to-skin touch throughout the early years is critical to healthy social and emotional development.

In the first few months of life, babies will begin to extend out of the fetal tuck. Babies will stretch their limbs away from the body into space (distal) and then curl them back towards the body (core). This “core-distal” movement pattern develops babies’ awareness of their body in space and develops confidence as a mover. Body extension and contraction strengthen children’s connection with core muscles for proper body alignment.

By 2 months babies will begin to lift and turn their head while on their tummy, strengthening the muscles in his/her neck and developing the cervical curve of the spine. Moving the head and pelvis (head-tail) develops awareness of their relationship to each other and increases spinal mobility. It also increases the strength in hands, wrists, arms, chest and shoulder, which supports fine motor development.

From 3-7 months, babies will begin to develop the ability to synchronize movements in their upper and lower bodies. On their tummies babies will press up onto arms and hands, grounding their upper body, and reverse this by grounding their lower body by tucking toes under and pressing their pelvis into the floor. On their backs, babies will lift knees to chest and then bring arms and hands towards knees.

Young children need to organize their upper and lower bodies independently before they can synchronize them together. Grounding and moving their upper or lower body also promotes emotional stability and the ability to set healthy boundaries.

Moving body sides balances the body so that both right and left sides have equal strength and mobility. Children will naturally have one side of their body that is more dominant, but for full-body integration, we want to strengthen both sides as much as possible. The horizontal eye tracking that is developed in body sides movements supports reading development.

Between 7-12 months, babies will begin cross-lateral movements, bringing the opposite hand/arm to leg/foot, while creeping and crawling. While crawling, babies also develop their vertical eye tracking. Engaging in creeping and crawling activities should continue into early childhood to further support these developments.

Cross-Lateral movements can also involve crossing the midline of the body which builds pathways between the right and left sides of the brain, supporting body awareness and cognitive developments, such as planning and sequencing (robust thinking).

The vestibular system begins developing in the womb and continues to develop for the first few years of life. The vestibular system helps humans analyze the relationship between body parts and their movements in relation to each other, as well as the relationship between the body and the general space. This is important for developing body awareness and balance responses, as well as processing sensory input. Creeping, crawling, swinging, swaying, and spinning all activate the vestibular system.

Who is Brain Moves for Young Children designed for?

Brain Moves for Young Children is designed for anyone who teaches children between the ages of 2-8!

If you are a K through grade 3 classroom teacher, Brain Moves will provide you with a quick and simple way to keep your students moving daily without needing to rearrange your classroom or any special equipment. The best part? It takes less than 10 minutes!

If you are a daycare or preschool teacher or librarian the Brain Moves activities integrate seamlessly into your welcoming routine or circle time or storytime! Teach physical literacy alongside your early literacy and child development goals!

If you are a dance or music teacher, Brain Moves provide a holistic, inclusive warm-up for your young dancers and musicians! Both dance and music techniques and concepts can be taught and reinforced through Brain Moves!