By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to Atlanta Georgia. My husband and I will be attending Dragon Con. I’ve never been to it, but I’m always up for traveling. The bonus is that I’ll be meeting up with my friend Shelley from Pitch Publications. It’s going to be an awesome trip!
It’s also going to be a long car ride, which means a lot of podcasts and deep discussions with my husband. These conversations inevitably include me brainstorming ways I can serve you better. In fact, I think about that a lot. So I thought today would be a great time to do a roundup of my top five favorite circle games.
This song is fantastic for teaching barred sixteenth notes, and my kids always loved the dance that went along with it. You can read about how I taught the dance and download free rhythm cards for differentiation HERE.
You can also teach this song as a circle game. The video below features Robert Amchin sharing his melody and rhythm lesson with Tideo. I would highly recommend subscribing to his channel. He has amazing content!
This circle game is awesome for teaching tempo and teamwork. Your kids will have to stay extremely focused to keep up with the song and to place the object correctly each time. Plus, it’s a really fun way to introduce them to music from Mexico. You can use any objects you have on hand to play the game, so it’s extremely versatile. You can read more about it HERE.
CHARLIE OVER THE OCEAN
This is a duck, duck, goose style chasing game that kids always love to play. It’s an excellent piece for teaching call and response forms in music. It also gives you a chance to assess students as they sing the solo portion of the song. You can read more about the game HERE.
CHICKEN ON THE FENCE POST
This is another great song for practicing sixteenth notes and pentatonic melodies. If you happen to have a rubber chicken laying around, this is your excuse to use it. The maze game that accompanies this song is so much fun and will keep your students moving. You can read the full blog post and download a free rhythm worksheet HERE.
THE CLOSET KEY
There’s something about a good-natured hide and seek game that kids absolutely love. This game gives students a chance to try and fool the person in the middle by secretly passing a key behind their backs. Some of my classes were so good at this that they often fooled me too. As for the teaching aspect, this song is great for practicing do, re, mi. You can also sing the song as a call and response, giving you another chance to assess your students’ pitch-matching skills. You can read the full blog post and learn how to make your own Solfége magnet manipulatives HERE.