Scarf dancing (2 - 3 year olds)

Get your child moving to the rhythm!

Home Learning

Music is not just about dancing, it’s also about rhythm! In this activity, we’re going to learn about moving our body to the rhythm, and even stopping when the music does!

What to do

  • Give your child a coloured piece of fabric- preferably a scarf or piece of cloth.
  • Play some slower, calming music with some rhythm to it. The music should have some fast and slow, quiet and louder elements to it.
  • Encourage your child to move around the room moving the scarf as they go around. As they do, ask them to reach high, go down low, etc.
  • Encourage your child to change their actions when the music changes. For example, they can slow down their movement when the music slows, and speed it up as well.


  • Stop the music occasionally, getting the child to stand still until the music starts again.
  • Dance together with your child, you can both have fun together!

Scarf dancing

Learning outcomes

  • Learning about rhythm, and how it might change.
  • Adjusting personal movements to rhythm requires practice.
  • Learning to follow instructions

Key words

  • Slower, faster
  • Tall, short
  • Big movements, small movements.
  • Stop, go.