Rockin’ Rain With Rhythym Sticks

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Welcome to my 1st “Top Ten Tuesday” post! I’m so excited to launch this new effort on my blog, and today I am going to give you all a fun activity to do with rhythm sticks.  A couple of things first:

–For the Top Ten list of musical instruments under $40 that will help you promote music in your home…click HERE

–In order to do this activity, you will need some good sticks.  Rhythm sticks work best.  To purchase a pair for $6.54 through Amazon,  click HERE     

Okay…now that the business is settled…on to our activity.  This one is good for ages 2 – 7.

It’s been really stormy in Tucson, as we are in the middle of monsoon season.  Of course, all of this loud thunder and lightning has brought up discussion of the rain.  To settle nerves in my household, we try to make the rain fun.  One way is to make a thunderstorm.

Sit on the floor with your sticks in a carpeted room…berber works better than shag carpeting.  Start with slow sporadic strikes onto the carpeted floor.  As the rain “picks up” begin striking the floor faster and faster and faster and louder and louder and louder.  From time to time strike the sticks together for a crack of thunder.  As the rain “dies down” decrease your rockin’ rain rhythm to a slower tempo until there is just silence. 

This activity can be repeated again and again.  To add some extra musical sound…below are a couple of other instruments that are fun to use:

(1)  A Rain Stick (also on my Top 10 list)     Click HERE to see and purchase on Amazon for $11.49.

(2) A Thunder Tube…    Click HERE to find one on Amazon for $8.99.

Have fun rockin’ in the rain and don’t forget to check back next Tuesday for another musical activity!

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About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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