I created these cards with the Pre-K student in mind, but they’re perfect for beginners in kindergarten and first grade as well. The possibilities for using these rhythm cards are endless! They work well in either the private lesson or group/classroom setting.
- Draw a card and clap, tap, or play the rhythm on a rhythm instrument or piano key of their choice.
- Draw a card and play the rhythms with one hand, then the other.
- Play and echo different rhythms back and forth with the teacher.
- Use the simple beat strips to create short rhythm patterns to clap, tap, or play.
- Take turns drawing a card and performing the rhythm. Keep the card if it is correct, return it to the pile if it is not. The person with the most cards at the end of a set amount of time is the winner.
- Use the cards for body percussion.
- Use the cards as improv ideas. For example, what might it sound like if a mouse ran across the piano keys? How about an elephant?
- Silly songs: Use the word cards to make up silly songs about the animals.
I’m sure you’ll be able to think of many more ways to use these adorable rhythm cards. Have fun!
Storing and Organizing the Game Cards
I love storing these game cards in colorful 4×6 photo boxes like these (affiliate link). They are my favorites because they’re the perfect size, and the colors are vibrant and fun!