Yes, I’m aware that the picture features a romantic mouse couple, not rhythm sticks… Here’s the thing though – rhythm sticks aren’t as cute as mice giving each other flowers.
This activity appears in my book “Shake, Rattle and Roll: Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning” (Gryphon House, 2015).
“Oh My Darling Valentine”
Tap sticks and sing to the tune of “My Darling Clementine”:
Oh my darling, oh my darling,
Oh my darling Valentine,
It’s so nice to tap together,
Oh, my darling Valentine.
… it’s so nice to scrape together…
… it’s so nice to hammer together…
… it’s so nice to slide together…
…it’s so nice to draw together…
(Hold one stick and “draw” on the floor as if it’s a pencil or crayon)
Ask children for more suggestions for how to play the sticks.
Learning benefits of “Oh My Darling Valentine” include:
Curiosity (exploring music and instruments)
Patterning (three phrases of “Oh my darling” followed by “Valentine” in first three lines – AAAB pattern)
Fine motor skills
Vocabulary – “valentine”
Improvisation and creative thinking
Social skills (sharing ideas and respecting those of others)