Whenever I take out rhythm sticks to use in one of my music classes, I see my students’ faces light up with excitement. I have always loved using rhythm sticks, too, as I believe the children feel empowered by playing their own instrument. Most times, we are sitting on the floor with our sticks, but rhythm sticks are also an opportunity to help young children with their gross motor coordination.
In order to complete this activity, you will need:
(1) A good pair of rhythm sticks. Here is a picture of a set:
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(2) You will also need good marching band music. I like anything by John Phillip Sousa. Click HERE for a Youtube link that has several of his marches.
When you turn on the music, have your child stand and tap your sticks to the beat of the music. Once you have established the beat, tap the sticks and march in place at the same time. This is actually trickier than it sounds for young children, as it takes coordination. Finally, once your child has mastered marching and tapping at the same time, get mobile. March all around the house while you keep the beat of the marching band music with your sticks. Not only is this activity fun, but it will help develop your child’s gross motor skills and sense of rhythm.
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks Top 10 Tuesday music activity. For a complete list of my Top 10 instruments under $40 that will help promote music education in the home, click HERE, and for previous Top 10 Tuesday music activities, click HERE. Thank you so much for stopping by and helping to bring music into your child’s life. Until next week, play on!