This Pond Rhythm Game draws inspiration from the natural world to teach listening and rhythm. A pond is a magical place for a child, teeming with life and a source of great fascination and wonder!
If you are lucky enough to have one nearby it will no doubt already be on your child’s list of favourite places, but if you don’t have one locally it is well worth seeking one out for a fun afternoon’s amusement.
Spring time is particularly busy down at the pond as everything bursts into action after a sleepy winter. All of the tadpoles, frogs, bugs and other critters lend themselves to great rhythm activities as we explore the different sounds they make and the way they move.
Setting up the Rhythm Game
Use the free printable sheet in our Life at the Pond rhythm game pack to talk about the different sounds and actions that all these different creatures make. You can then develop these ideas further into an excellent rhythm activity that encourages imaginative movement, note recognition and listening skills.
In the Life at the Pond Rhythm Game Pack you’ll find free printables for rhythm cards as well as a colourful poster. The poster has pictures of different animals that you might find at a pond with a corresponding rhythm, as well as rhythm cards that you can print and mount in order to play the game.
Alternatively, rather than using the flash cards you can use toys that you might have lying around as a prompt – a duck, frog, fish etc.
How to Play the Life at the Pond Rhythm Game
1. Using the main sheet, discuss the sound and rhythm that belongs to each picture. Practice these together several times.
2. Play a guessing game where you tap a sound and rhythm and ask the child to point to the correct picture. If they find that easy, then do it in reverse by showing them the picture and seeing if they can guess the corresponding sound and rhythm.
3. Now discuss how each creature would move, and encourage lots of suggestions and impersonations with imaginative movement.
4. Place the flashcards face down, and invite the child to pick one at random. See if they can remember which sound, rhythm and action belongs to each animal. Depending on the age of the child they might need a bit of help at first, but they’ll soon get the idea.
5. To make this a bit more challenging for older kids, try choosing different percussion instruments to represent each creature. Lay each of the chosen instruments out next to the cards. When they pick a card, they must also choose the correct instrument to tap the corresponding rhythm with. This develops listening and memory skills further.