- rhythm instruments
- recorded music
Objective: Children will use their bodies and rhythm instruments to develop an understanding of rhythm and math concepts.
1 Invite the group to join you in the music or group-time area. Create a rhythmic pattern using your body, such as three handclaps, three taps on your knee, and three handclaps. Repeat the pattern several times so children have time to observe the pattern. Ask children if they can describe what you are doing and invite them to join in and create the pattern too.
2 Change the pattern slightly and repeat it several times. Ask children to describe how the pattern has changed and to try to imitate it.
3 Invite children to work together to create another pattern using hands and feet.
4 Play recorded music that the class is familiar with. Encourage children to clap along to the rhythm of the song. Then, ask them to keep the beat using other body parts.
5 Pass out rhythm instruments and invite children to play along. Encourage them to create different patterns with their instruments. Repeat the activity so children have more opportunities to experience and understand the concept of rhythm patterns.
6 Cut out large footprints from sheets of poster board. Ask children to take turns forming pathways on the floor with the footprints. Clap out a rhythm and invite children to follow the footprint path in time to your rhythmic clapping pattern.
Curriculum Connection: MATH
Pattern Walk. Plan an outdoor walk with the children to find patterns. Take along a camera or clipboards so the children can draw or photograph the different patterns that they see. An adult can write down children's comments and the names of the patterned things. Invite everyone to share their discoveries when they return.
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