Rhythm Repeat

What to do: Standing in front of the children, encourage them to watch closely as you perform a rhythm using claps, stomps, and knee slaps. Start with a short sequence in the beginning, having children repeat the sequence once it is complete. This might be two claps, two foot-stomps, three knee claps. Gradually lengthen the sequence, adding a new element to the original each time, until you reach an appropriate level of challenge for the children. Practice this sequence with children, aiming for successful completion by the end of the activity.

Too easy? How to increase challenge: The easiest way to increase challenge in this game is the make the sequence longer. However, you can also add elements of timing (children have to replicate pauses, as well as actions). You can also perform a new sequence each time, rather than lengthening the original sequence. Even Harder? You could choose a child to choose and carry out a sequence.

Ideal formation(s): Small group, until children are familiar with the instructions.

What it does: This activity challenges children’s ability to maintain attention on things they have to remember. For the children leading a sequence, it promotes leadership and requires them to consider how to clearly communicate their intent through non-verbal means.

Links to EYLF:

  • Demonstrate an increasing capacity for self-regulation; Take considered risks in their decision-making and cope with the unexpected; Persist when faced with challenges and when first attempts are not successful (from Outcome 1.2)
  • Make choices, accept challenges, take considered risks, manage change and cope with frustrations and the unexpected (from Outcome 3.1)
  • Persist even when they find a task difficult (from Outcome 4.1)
  • Develop an ability to mirror, repeat and practice the actions of others, either immediately or later (from Outcome 4.3)
  • Draw on memory of a sequence to complete a task (from Outcome 5.4)

Rhythm Repeat