Siturtaq/Monkey Dance


Physical: balance in motion, power, gross motor skill, upper and lower limb coordination, agility

Cognitive: selective attention, sustained attention, divided attention

Social: understanding of personal space, turn taking

Number of participants:

3 or more




  1. children start in a squat position facing each other in a circle
  2. children take turns kicking one leg out while maintaining squat position with the other, alternating legs back and forth


A traditional Inuit game of a dance contest to test agility and endurance.

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the task:

  • have the child try to balance in squat position with one foot out before attempting to alternate legs to decrease physical demand
  • have the child put their hands on the floor to help with balance to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task:

  • challenge child to kick out their legs several times in a row to increase physical demand
  • have child increase speed of kicks to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • child is able to hold out one leg without relying on a friend for physical support, 3 out of 5 times
  • I can dance with my friends