How to use this resource:
This is an activity that can be played with 2 or more students. My 1st and 2nd graders like to play this during music centers. The object is to create different combinations of rhythms to perform via body percussion. Once the students create their patterns, they take turns performing them for me or for each other.
I like to print out the rhythms, cut them out, and glue them onto bottle caps for easier handling. However, they can easily be printed on card stock and laminated just as well. They are spaced out evenly so that you could cut them out with a 1-inch hole punch.
Materials and Preparation:
Bottle cap rhythms
Drawstring bag (or basket, etc.)
What to do:
Place all the bottle cap rhythms in a drawstring bag. Separate children into small groups, (as you would in centers) or pair them up with a single partner. Give each student a “CREATE YOUR OWN BODY PERCUSSION” card and have everyone draw four bottle caps from the bag.
Once the children have drawn their four bottle caps, they can work independently for a few minutes to arrange the caps however they’d like on their cards. Have them practice their creations. When they have an arrangement that they like, they are ready to perform their body percussion patterns for their partners. Play again by having students pick new rhythms and new cards.
Printer-friendly pages included!