This is a great way to review classroom instruments and how they are played while having students compose at the same time! Students choose 3 classroom instruments to cut and paste and then write a 4 beat rhythm for each. The instruments that students can choose from are:
I use this activity with my kindergartners but it is easily adaptable for any grade level. You can have students use any rhythms that they know. You can also easily extend this activity by having students write 8 beats of rhythm, or by having them practice or perform their compositions after writing them.