We’ve heard about these things called rhythm sticks, we’ve read many a blog post but for way too long they remained a mystery to us. Lindsey finally put her foot down and bought some. We’ve done shakers, we braved scarves and darn it it was high time we mastered the sticks! The result? We had a blast filming a whole bunch of new songs! We had so much fun we declared November #RhythmSticksMonth and you can find them all here on this playlist.
To get us started we turned to the wonderful wide web of our colleagues for ideas and strategies. Storytime Steph has a fantastic post on Using Instruments in Storytime which features some great songs to get started and a link to make your own rhythm sticks. That link takes you to Amy’s Laptime and Storytime blog where she provides simple instructions on how to make your own rhythm sticks, an activity to get the kids practicing responsible rhythm, lots of songs and even books with rhythm. Whew, what a post! Next up is Anne’s Library Life, where she dedicates the activity section of her babytime to rhythm sticks and includes some great parent-talk and early literacy tips on how to use them and why they’re important. Kathy and Christine at Storytime Stuff share some brilliant ways to use rhythm sticks which go beyond the ordinary and would work for school age kids as well. Using them as wands, turning them into spiders, flutes or clock hands? Pure genius! Finally, Claudia at Never Shushed has put together a magical storytime all about snow (Winter Hokey Pokey!) as well as one on rhythm and sound which on top of some neat new songs has lots of ideas for using rhythm sticks.
So with all this great advice from our wise colleagues we jumped in. We hope you’re ready for the guided tour!
Bread and Butter Storytime Chant
This is a great one to use as a hello or welcome song and then again as a goodbye song.
This is the Way We Tap Our Sticks
Practice lots of new action words with the rhythm sticks to this familiar tune.
If You Have Some Rhythm Sticks
Same goes for this one: a familiar tune and endless possibilities for those sticks!
Count to Ten with Rhythm Sticks
This is the perfect song to warm up with and allow your storytimers to get used to the sticks.
Tap Your Sticks
This is a lovely song and is a fun way to practice keeping a regular beat as well as opposites.
The Wheels on the Bus
Ending with a bang, this is a great way to breathe new life into a favourite tune!
Thanks for indulging in our rhythm sticks mania and we’d love for you to share your favourite rhythm sticks songs or programs down below in the comments.