My youngest classes love dancing and moving to music. I use music on a daily basis to add energy and enthusiasm. Here is a fun and easy game that is great for a quick warm-up, time filler, or even a small space activity.
I use UNO cards, but any type of cards would do. Assign each color a movement. We did:
green=slither like a snake
Pass each student a card and have them move into their own space. When the music starts they do the movement assigned to their card color. When the music stops, they freeze. I then call out “trade” and they trade cards for a new color. Repeat.
I used this during the first week of school to practice freezing on signal. I made sure they were quiet and looking at me before we traded again. This made it a fun way to practice my rule of freezing when the music stops. My 1st and 2nd graders loved it!