- cassette or CD player
- recorded music
- drum and drum stick
- rhythm sticks
Objective: Children will learn each other's names as they engage in activities that introduce them to musical instruments and sounds and rhythms from different cultures.
1 Bring a drum and drum stick to circle time. If you do not have a drum you can make one using a plastic container and a small stick or wooden block. Children can also beat the drum with their hands.
2 Explain to the children that they will all sing a new song so they can learn all of their friends' names. Teach the children the following song while using the drum to keep the beat:
How are you?
My name is ________.
Now I pass it to you!
(Pass the drum to the next child.)
3 Invite each child to take a turn beating the drum. Encourage the children to join in as you recite the song with each child. Some children may need adult help when first learning how to pass on the drum.
4 Provide children with opportunities to develop listening skills and use instruments and body parts to tap out the rhythm to different types of music. Children can clap, tap their feet, nod their heads, or use rhythm sticks to tap out accompanying beats to the music.
5 Music is a great way to introduce children to other cultures. Play music from a variety of countries and cultures, such as Let's Wiggle by Wiggles (music from Australia; Lyric Studios, 1999; $8.97); African Lullaby by Various Artists (Ellipsis Arts, 1999; $13.99); and Go With the Flow by Josh Greenberg and the Mother Goose Band (Music by Gosh!, 1995; $14.99). Invite children to move to the music as they enjoy these selections from here at home and around the world.
Math: How Many Beats in Your Name? Invite children to count the number of beats in each child's name using handclaps or a rhythm instrument. Talk about which names have the most/least beats. Then try clapping out rhythms to other words and simple phrases.
The Great Big Book of Classroom Songs, Rhymes, and Cheers by Ellen Booth Church
It's a Party by Daniel Moreton and Samantha Berger
Rhinoceros Tap by Sandra Boynton