Freeze Dance

Toddler playing freeze dance at day care

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to express, understand, and regulate emotions by using large muscles to move and balance their own bodies.

Materials Needed:

  • Music player of any variety (phone, CD player, radio, etc.)

Participants: This activity is intended for independent play, adult/child interaction, or 2 or more participants/players.


  1. Inform children that when the music is playing they are to move/dance however the song makes them feel. When the music stops, they need to freeze in place.
  2. Play various types and tempos of songs - slow, fast, upbeat, happy, and sad.
  3. After playing, discuss with your child how the music made them feel. Ask if there have been other times they felt those feelings.

Extension: When children start to feel big feelings in other situations, ask them to freeze, take a deep breath, and if able, talk about their feelings. If they are not able to talk about their feelings have them “dance” them.

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Toddler playing freeze dance at day care