Moving With the Music

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

Two girls jump and dance in their bedroom.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to explore music and culture around the world.

Materials Needed:

  • Smithsonian Folkways Lesson Plans and Learning (Click Here)
  • Globe or map

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Visit the Smithsonian Folkways website, which offers cultural information and music from around the world. Choose a few countries or regions to explore.
  2. Listen to the music with your child. Find each associated country or region on a map or globe.
  3. Encourage your child to move or dance to the music. How do the songs differ? How do they make you feel?

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