Activity 26: Recognizing patterns in musical rhythms
Pots and pans or metal bowls; wooden or plastic cooking utensils
Try It Out:
- Place the pots and pans and kitchen utensils on the floor in front of you and your child. Tell your child that you are going to pretend to be in a music band.
- Say, “Listen to me play my drum and then it will be your turn.” Hit the drum in a deliberate pattern such as bam-bam-bam [pause] bam-bam-bam. Then say, “OK, now it’s your turn to hit your drum just like I did—bam-bam-bam … bam-bam-bam.”
- If your child can follow the bam-bam-bam pattern, have fun trying different patterns such as bam-bam [pause] bam-bam. Or, bam [pause] bam-bam.
- Let your child set the pattern and follow what he does.
Making the Most of This Activity:
- Once your child has mastered a simple pattern, make the activity more challenging by making the pattern more complex.
- Make rhythm patterns using other common household objects.
- Listen to music with your child and help him find the rhythm pattern.
Was your child able to follow a rhythm pattern? If not, try using a pattern with only a single beat first (such as, bam [pause] bam) and then add more beats to the pattern.