Music therapy: developing skills with rhythm sticks
In small group and 1:1 settings, small percussion instruments are a fun way of targeting multiple goals in one activity.
Rhythm sticks are one of my favorite tools! I hand each child a bumpy and a smooth stick so that they can create two sounds, a "click" and a "zip". Rhythm sticks help children work on bilateral coordination, gross motor skills, impulse control, imitation and following directions.
Play up high, play down low
Fast or slow
Click and "zip" (rub)
Quiet or loud
Make an X (L, T, V, 11, 1, unicorn horn, antennae, etc)
With my older classes we also work on beginning rhythm reading. Moving rhythmically together and/or playing in rhythm together promotes pro-social behavior and builds awareness of others! We also use rhythm sticks to tap out the syllables in each classmates name as we go around the circle.
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