Pre-K YOUR Way: Dolphin Dance

Materials Needed

  • Access to the internet
  • Seven (7) pieces of blue colored construction paper
  • Seven (7) pieces of green colored construction paper
  • Seven (7) pieces of red colored construction paper
  • Tape
  • Music

Instructions:

Step 1: The adult should cut the blue pieces of construction paper into 7 triangles.

Step 2: The adult should write the number one through seven on each blue triangle, writing one number on each triangle.

Step 3: The adult should cut the green pieces of construction paper into 7 circles

Step 4: The adult should write the number one through seven on each green circle, writing one number on each circle.

Step 5: The adult should cut the red pieces of construction paper into 7 squares.  

Step 6: The adult should write the number one through seven on each red square, writing one number on each square.

Step 7: Tape shapes in the form of a large circle, on the floor.

Step 8: Watch a video of dolphins jumping in and out of the Ocean.

The following video on YouTube, is a great  example: Two Dolphins Jump Out of the Ocean - Stock Footage by Wazee Digital

Step 9: Ask the child how dolphins dance? That’s right… they jump!

Step 10: Turn on music of your choice. Have the child jump around the circle of shapes on the floor. Make sure they’re landing on one shape when they’re jumping.

Step 11: After 15 seconds, pause the music. When the music pauses, have the child freeze, stopping on one shape.

Step 12: Ask them to identify the color of construction paper they are standing on.

Step 13: Start the music again.

Step 14: Stop the music and ask the child what shape they are standing on. What makes it that shape  (How many sides does it have)?

Step 15: Stop the music and ask the child what number they are standing on.

Step 16: Start the music.

Step 17: Stop the music and ask the child to identify all 3 characteristics of the paper they are standing on:

  • What shape is the paper
  • What is the color is the paper
  • What is the number is on the paper?

Step 18: Repeat Steps 10 through Step 17 at least seven more times.

Step 19: Did you know that dolphins have fins, not legs? It is hard to jump with no legs. Let’s try hopping on one foot instead!

Step 20: Repeat Step 10 – 17 while hopping on one foot!

Learning Objectives:

Math/Science
Recognizes the names of Numerals.
Describe shapes by at least two characteristics.
Identfy Colors.


Language/Literacy
Follow three-step directions.


Problem Solving
Demonstrate Curiosity and ask Questions
Use language to describe objects by a variety of attributes
Demonstrate understanding of differences between people, animals, plants and other parts of the planet.


Motor Skills
Gross Motor: balance and coordination.
Gross Motor: Hop on one foot five or more times.


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