Rhythm and rhyme: Feel the rhythm

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By Jean Evansearly years consultant and author

Get into the beat and focus on the children’s responses to rhythm in different types of music

Feel the rhythm

1 Rhythm on a drum

Discover exciting African rhythms

Knowledge and Understanding of the World


Development matters: are interested in others and their families (22-36 months); gain an awareness of the cultures and beliefs of others (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: begin to know about their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

What you need

Group size: up to 12 children.

Sounds and images of African drums and people dancing nzingadance African drums Hope Education home-made drums such as baby food containers; coloured fabric.

What to do

Explore the images of African dancing and drums, and listen to African drumming.

Show the children how to beat out basic rhythms on African drums, or drums made from recycled materials.

Invite some of the children to accompany the African drumming with their own choice of home-made drum.

Encourage other children to dress up in coloured fabric and invent dances inspired by the images.

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