Lesson ideas

28th May 2004 at 01:00
Banging on the big drum

Tap out a rhythm and let each child repeatit in turn.

* Each pupil can invent their own rhythm for the others to copy.

* Play the rhythm of a well-known song and let the children guess which song it is.

* Divide into three groups, each representing a different animal with a different rhythm, such as a dog, a cat and a wolf. Now tell a story involving all three animals. As each animal is mentioned the corresponding group should bang the drum.

* Tell a story about a storm, using the drum to provide sounds representing the clouds, the wind, the thunder and lightning and hail.

* Let the children explore their hands by using different parts, such as fingertips and the heel of the hand to tap the drum.

* Play a familiar song and then encourage the children to tap out the rhythm.

* Play musical statues. When the music stops, the children must run to the drum and tap out a rhythm.

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