This Animal Actions Rhythm Game is the perfect way to get things moving but also practice listening skills. Action rhythm games like this are great for when it’s wet outside and the kids need to blow off some steam indoors!
Children always love pretending to be different animals so this game gets everyone engaged while also learning note values.
How To play The Animal Actions Rhythm Game – print here
- Laminate the sheet provided to make a set of rhythm cards.
- First spend a little time discussing the different animals on each card.
- Decide on an action together that fits the simple rhythm on each card.
- Most of them are obvious, but you should explain the rests on the kangaroo card, and the different rhythmic pattern for the bird who flaps and glides.
- Now place all the cards face down on the floor in the middle of the circle.
- Each child in turn comes to the middle and picks a card.
- Then they call out the animal and then everyone has to remember the appropriate action and rhythm.
- To make it more challenging for older children, when you’re deciding on the actions, they can choose a different percussion instrument to play with each animal rhythm too.
- Then when they turn over the card, they also have to remember which instrument to choose.
You can play this game while playing some classical music like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons:Spring