Why Toddlers Love to Dance


toddlers danceToddlers are often seen dancing when they are watching their favorite cartoon  or listening to music. This scene can certainly invite laughter. So why do toddlers love to dance?

Usually when toddlers hear their favorite song, they will stand up and start dancing and wiggle around in circles following the dance they see. Often it is followed by the sound of laughter or the attempt to follow the words of the song which is being heard.

When children are aged 12-24 months, they are able to stand, walk and begin to have a good body balance to move. Because of that dancing is one way for children to demonstrate or show off their ability in front of others, including parents.

“At that age children will naturally align between the sounds and rhythms they hear. This is because children had already payed attention to the rhythm of speech and voice of heartbeat since they were still inside the womb,” says Professor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD , a psychologist at Temple University, Philadelphia, according to Parenting.

Dancing, accompanied by much applause will make children laugh, indicating that they are pleased with the activity. In addition toddlers will also feel happy if their parents or people around them dance with them.

The motor ability of children aged 1-2 years starts to increase, which is capable of shaking up and down with their feet able to stay on the floor. This new capability and sensitivity to the rhythms to create a dancing motion is one response that kids do when they hear a song or their own voice when singing. Because of that, dancing can also help stimulate the child’s physical development.

Dancing can also help improve the motor coordination of children and how the body can adapt to their environment, and encourages  even greater creativity expression.