St. Patricks Day is often celebrated with Irish music and dance. Children love to move/dance to the lively rhythm of an Irish Jig. Traditional Irish Jig steps can be complicated and difficult for children. Creative dance allows them to invent their own “Jig moves” and is a fun and rewardng activity for children.
A simple way to get the creative process started is to have the children move different parts of their body to the rhythm of Irish music, (such as isolate and move only the head, elbows, hands, knees, arms, legs, feet, etc.). Next have them move their whole bodies and explore ways to jump, turn, hop, skip, leap, swing, etc. to the Irish rhythms. Play the music and have the children each choose his/her favorite moves and combine them into his/her own “Irish Jig”.
Another activity is to let the children keep the rhythm of the Irish Jig with sounds created by their body such as snapping fingers, clapping hands, patting thighs, tapping toes, tilting heads, stomping feet, “clucking” tongues, etc..