Dancing the Freeze
See if you can figure out what this young boy is thinking as learns the musical game, “Freeze.”
So often when we watch a child learning something new we focus on what the child does not know. Yet, if we focus on what the child does know we can build our own mental models of how the child may be thinking. Have fun with this video clip of Evan, who is learning how to play the musical game, ‘Freeze’. As you watch him participate, try to identify the possible reasons behind Evan’s decisions with regard to how to play a game or solve a problem. Doing so will give you more ideas about the value of the game, as well as how to support him as a new learner. Here’s an example to get you started. Evan may be thinking, “I may not be able to jump, but I know that I can rise up on my toes and stomp my feet.” Also, see if you can spot who he models to guide his “John Travolta” pose when the music stops.
- See if you can spot who Evan is trying to imitate when he makes his pose when the music stops.
- What do you think Evan is thinking at the :18 second mark? :30 seconds? 1:09?
- Imagining what a child is thinking when playing a game like “Freeze” can provide information that parents may also find interesting.
- Young children have many ways to learn rules. Explaining the freeze game is one way to get children to understand, but watching others and imitating what they do can sometimes be more effective.
- The “Freeze” game helps children learn how to stop their impulses, a very important ability that affects how children interact with others, delay gratification, and control their strong feelings.
- For Ages
- 3-5 years
- Time Required
- 2 min
- Average Rating