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Games of Rhythm







Who owns the cookie ...


The following verse is spoken with the help of rhythmical clapping:
“Who has stolen the cookie out of the can? (insert name) ... has stolen the cookie out of the can!“
answer: „What? Me? I haven´t!“ – right from the start







Knocking the rhythm


cards with song titles


Five songs, that are already known, are written on cards. The pupils find themselves a partner and clap the rhythm of the song on the back of the partner. The partners change their roles if one guesses the song right.


pass the rhythm in a group of four or five (cf. Chinese whispers)






Songs of Motion







Songs should be sung and danced together as often as possible. During this process one child could show(s) the others what to dance and they would have to imitate the motion. Furthermore every child could create(s) his own choreography. In addition, the support with rhythmic instruments and the division into groups are more varieties.




Song examples:

“Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck“

Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken

“Jetzt fahr´n wir übern See“

“Wenn du singst, sing nicht allein“

“Die Affen rasen durch den Wald“

“Wenn ich dir was wünschen dürfte“

“Eine dicke Regenwolke“

“Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken“

“Wenn du Lust hast, klatsche in die Hand“

“Das Auto von Lucia“

“Da hat das rote Pferd sich einfach umgekehrt“

“Drei Schweine saßen an der Leine“

“Wenn der frische Herbstwind weht“

“Ein Männlein steht im Walde“

“Hallo, good morning“

“Drei Chinesen mit dem Kontrabass“

“Was müssen das für Bäume sein“ (Müller & Mende, 2009)






Dancing Games







Circle Dance




The child care worker introduces a simple circle dance with appropriate music. Some characteristic elements will be recognized in class together. First these elements will be illustrated (first) without music and afterwards with the help of music. For example:
“Holzschuhtanz“, ”Fußballhit“, ”I´m singing in the rain“, ”Havanagila“, vereinfachter Sirtaki, ”Sonnenrap“, “Glühwürmchentanz“, ”Cotton Eye Joe“


with connection to music class

circle dances in pairs

performance at a festivity (Müller & Mende, 2009)






Free Motion to Music







In addition to the forms of rhythmic-musical games of motion that were already presented, the children shall have the opportunity to get to know multiple possibilities in the field of loosening and coordination as well. In order to create spontaneous movements. These forms can also be used at festivities.







My favourite song


CD's (brought by the children)


Those who wish to, can bring a CD of their favourite song(s) and present them to the others. While playing the music, all can match their ideas to move to the music in their own way.


use of rhythmic instruments







Dance of the streamers

dance of the streamers


streamers or crepe paper strips


The children move with streamers to the music and they swing freely through the room.


gift ribbons, scarves or gymnastic belts