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)
We did this activity at play school (in Johannesburg, South Africa) during Valentine’s week and the kids (2,5-4 years old) really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing! And we love many of the other activities “Shake, Rattle and Roll” too.
Thank you Shelley!