Exploring our senses through dance

With FIVE @ Home we want to share some playful movement activities for children and adults to explore together, inspired by our show, FIVE.

There is no right or wrong response to these movement inspirations - they’re about focusing in on our senses and discovering how our bodies want to move.

We really hope you and your children enjoy the activities, we’d love to see and hear how you get on!

These activities can all be done by one adult and one child, or an adult with a group of children working in pairs.

We’d recommend the activities for ages 5+ but they can be modified for younger children, and there’s no upper age limit for joining in. We’d love to get parents, teachers, carers and grandparents doing lemon dances and smelling stinky socks too!

They are all accessible for children with physical disabilities and/or sensory impairments, with support from you, their friendly adults.

We have made printable instructions and specially composed music for each activity, which you can download below.

You can do these activities at home, in a classroom or outside - all you need is a bit of clear floor space.

There are a few other things you’ll need for some of the activities, but they’re all everyday objects that should be easy to find.

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Sounds Around emphasises our sense of hearing, heightening our awareness of the sounds that surround us, and exploring rhythm in our bodies.


Body Part Solos focuses on our sense of sight, and puts a spotlight, literally, on moving one part of your body by itself.


Attract and Repel highlights our sense of smell. It’s perhaps the subtlest of all our senses, but it connects beautifully to movement through breath.


Flavour Words uses our sense of taste as the inspiration for movement, finding descriptive language for the unique flavours of different foods.


Tickly Touch explores our sense of touch; the most immediate, physical connection between us; and it explores how our bodies can respond to different qualities of touch.

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