- Talk about the pulse in our body and how it makes a regular pattern. Talk about how it gets faster and slower.
- Explain that music has a pulse or a beat. Sing some songs with a strong pulse – ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’, ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’ and get the children to pat their knees to the beat. Introduce the dinosaur version of ’10 Little Indians’ Learn the words together and practise. Practise clapping softly in time with the music.
- Discuss the fact that music with a strong pulse/beat makes you want to move along with it – tapping feet, dancing etc.
Can you practise clapping a rhythm. Ask a grownup to clap and count to 4, saying 1 number per clap. Clap with them trying to keep the same rhythm, 1,2,3,4, 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4.
Once you have mastered this, try clapping and counting to 8.
Can you make a musical instrument out of things you have at home.