Teaching young dance classes requires lots of fun activities. As many teachers do, I like to use props and play games that help teach dance steps and concepts.
While there are lots of resources that sell props specific to young dance classes, I find it much more frugal and personal to make the props myself! Here's my latest DIY prop: Dice made from fabric storage boxes!
Beginner tap classes invite a lot of opportunity to learn patterns, rhythm, and counting. One of my favorite tools for a young tap class is a set of dice.
You can make up a lot of games using numbered dice. For tap, I use it to practice counting sounds (do a step with __ sounds as determined by the dice), or to give them a chance to rest by taking turns rolling the dice and practicing a certain tap step __ times. Below are instructions to create the dice, no measuring and hardly any cutting involved! Without drying time, the die can be completed 30 minutes!
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