Dance Activities for Kids

Shake with a Rain Dance

When the sun is too hot and the earth is too dry, it's time to shake with a rain dance, a dance activity for kids in the tradition of Native American and African peoples. Start by making a Uganda-style rainmaker's shaker, and then dance and play music to invite the skies to send rain! Whether it works or not, the kids still will have fun while getting some exercise.

What You'll Need:

  • Cardboard tube
  • Stapler
  • Beans, buttons, or other small objects
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Step 1: Staple one end of a cardboard tube closed.

Step 2: Fill the tube with beans, buttons, or other small objects that will make noise when the tube is shaken.

Step 3: Staple the other end closed to seal the rattle.

Step 4: Paint the tube, and let it dry.

Step 5: Invent a dance using the rainmaker, and invite the sky to send forth water!

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