Fun dance games for kids

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Fun dance games for kids
Children love dance games. (dance image by Deborah Durbin from

Dance games are a great way for kids to learn, exercise and have fun. Dance games work well for birthday parties, school dances, sleepovers or any other large gathering. These dance games can also be used in schools through physical education, music or general classroom learning. Dance games are great fun for kids of all ages, and most adults enjoy joining in too.

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Dance Detective

Children and adults of all ages will love this Sherlock Holmes–style dance game. Dance Detective has a basic set of instructions, but the complexity can vary according to the age group. First, all of the females fill out a questionnaire listing their physical characteristics (like hair and eye colour) or their attire. For another variation, if everyone is already familiar with one another, the questionnaire could contain likes and dislikes, hobbies, places of birth, or any other information. These cards are then placed in a box and each male draws a card from the box and tries to locate the person described on the card. The first male to locate the female on his card is the winner and the female on the card becomes his dance partner.

Fun dance games for kids
Test your detective skills in Dance Detective. (lupe image by mangia from

Dominoes Dance

This dance game adds a new twist to the game of dominoes. The Dominoes Dance leaves you guessing who your next dance partner will be. Two full domino sets (made from cardboard) are pinned to each person. For those with a creative nature, the dominoes can be made from other materials, or even made into a necklace or a broach-style pin. One full domino set goes to the females and the other to the males. Everyone pairs up with a partner according to the rules of dominoes (for instance a 2/4 domino can pair up with a 5/4 domino). The adult in charge of the music announces when to change partners, and each person finds another partner by matching them to their domino.

Fun dance games for kids
See who matches your dance card in Dominoes Dance. (domino image by Vasiliy Koval from

Freeze Dance

This dance game is perfect for young children. An adult is in charge of controlling the music and once the music begins, the children start dancing. When the music stops, all children must freeze in place. Anyone that moves during the "freeze" period is out. The music starts up again, and this process continues until only one child remains.

When the music stops, freeze.
When the music stops, freeze. (Freezing penguin. image by Saskia Massink from

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