What you need
Device to play music
Directional skills to understand basic directions and repetition (for example move forward, backward, turning right, and turning left)
Any environment with space for dance movements and tolerance for music
Adult moderator and one or more players
How to Code a Rollarcoaster
This activity can use any coding environment for a fun and interactive way to learn about directions. Any type of movement counts as dancing in this activity whether it is stepping, jumping, wheeling, blinking, head movements, or hitting a single switch.
As a starter, you can try...
For younger children:
- Weavly Pre-built Program
- Dance music
- Select a short song or music that learners prefer.
- Use Weavly to build a sequence of actions.
- Line up your players.
- Ask them to follow each step of the program that is announced.
- Play the music and your program at once and let the fun begin.
- Announce every step of the program as it is executed.
- For longer songs, you can replay the same program.
- Try to keep the players focused on the running program and correct their movements.
- Gross motor movements
Once your players are familiar with this activity, get them to write their own programs. You can also pair them in teams and make them create a dance competition.