Excellent counting and clapping game


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn this game the children are counting continually in their heads.

It is great for internal thinking and as we know, much of music is about inner thinking!

Try this yourself first and see how easily it comes to you!

The routine is as follows:

Tap 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Tap 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Tap 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Tap 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Tap 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Tap 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Tap 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Tap 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

There are many ways this game can be played – two different actions are needed. For instance:

Thinking the italic numbers/clapping the bold numbers

Tapping knees on the italic numbers/clapping on the bold numbers

Clapping own hands on the italic numbers/ clapping partner’s hands. on the bold numbers

Playing one type of instrument on the italic numbers/ playing a different one on the bold numbers

Doing one chosen action on the italic numbers/ doing a different chosen action on the bold numbers

One child or group playing on the italic numbers/ a different child or group playing on the bold numbers

Extentsion: Can you play the game in reverse?

This idea is so simple but it can last a whole lesson!! Children can outwork this changing number pattern in groups, in pairs and on their own. You can set all different types of challenges.

I hope this game has been helpful to learn. If you would like to see videos of hundreds more of these ideas – with singing games and progressive musical skill-developing activities too, please visit http://www.activemusicdigital.co.uk.

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