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Baby Brain Play™

Cuddles, snuggles and tickles are all an important part of infant development. Baby Brain Play™ supports infant neuro expansion while incorporating all of the snuggles and cuddles babies need. Moving through these simple songs and rhymes increases the caregiver-child bond and is fun on PURPOSE!

What is Brain Play™?

Developed by dance educator, Anne Green Gilbert (M. Ed), the BrainDance™ is based on eight movement patterns we go through in the first year of life through infant reflexes and floor play. These developmental movement patterns help connect the brain and body. You can learn more about BrainDance™ in our previous blog post here.

Baby Brain Play™ activities are designed to support an infant’s body awareness and coordination, assist with early brain development, and support language and literacy skills. This is an infant-specific adaptation of the practices of Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance and Laban’s Bartenieff Fundamentals.

Keep the beat!

Rhythmic movement begins in infancy. After learning how to identify the beat, babies will naturally work on the ability to move to the beat. Exposure to a steady beat in music teaches babies how to purposefully move their bodies by using the time between each beat to move their limbs or bodies at a faster or slower speed. This supports body awareness, control and coordination – all skills that promote proprioception (aka knowing how and where our bodies are positioned). Beat can help babies learn to move with intention!

Baby Brain Play™ Video

The Baby Brain Play™ video showcases three different Brain Play™ activities: Pat-a-Cake, Buckle My Shoe and London Bridges. Pat-a-Cake focuses on the Upper Body movement pattern, while Buckle My Shoe uses just the Lower Body. Organization of the upper and lower body allows babies to move their upper and lower body limbs independently or in synchronization. Grounding the upper or lower body also promotes emotional stability.

London Bridges takes the babies through the movement pattern of Body Sides. Moving body sides balance the body so that both the right and left sides have equal strength and mobility, and supports horizontal eye tracking.

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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!

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