Students keep the beat with the egg in their right hand during the first phrase. They toss the egg in the air on the “hoodays”. Then, in the second phrase, they keep the beat with the egg in their left hand. They toss the egg in the air on the first “hooday”. Then, they toss it to their neighbor on the final “hooday”.
While researching this game a bit more, I ran across Amy Abbott’s post on Shanghai Chicken. She describes how she plays the game (a variation of what’s shown above) and offers some great ideas for rhythm practice.
The egg game is great for reinforcing the feeling of the dotted eighth and quarter on the word “hooday”. They are feeling the rhythms as they toss and catch the eggs on Hooday.
I created free projectables and worksheets that you can use with this song. Click on the images below to download the files.
The Spring Composition projectable and worksheet can be used in conjunction with the others or as a standalone activity.
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