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Aim: To encourage the children to express themselves and praise God using music. Introduction: This topic includes 4 ideas on how to make some instruments. These can be played by the children without any training and are thus suitable for all ages and abilities (although their ability to keep a rhythm will vary). It is followed by two ideas on how to incorporate rhythm in games for which the instruments could (but don’t have to be) used. You might even want to encourage the children to use the percussion instruments to accompany worship music. This could be linked to a devotion about praise and worship in general, and specifically about
how God looks at our heart and devotion so how skilled they are at playing the drums is not important to him. In addition there are a number of activities on singing and using their voices to express themselves and their feelings. Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack CR-2-8


Activity 1
• Margarine container, small yogurt container or similar plastic container
• Dried beans, sand, or something like that
• Stickers, paint, markers, sugar paper, etc to decorate
• Glue
• Rubber bands
• Scissors

Activity 2
• Balloon
• 4cupsofflour
• Water
• Ice cubes
• Strips of newspaper
• Dried beans, rice or similar
• Cardboard tube (from kitchen towel roll is best)
• Stickers, paint, markers, sugar paper, etc to decorate
• Glue and tape

Activity 3
• Empty plastic tubs or boxes
• One round tin per child
• Bright paper
• Safe glue
• Sticky tack
• Paper plate
• Pencils
• Scissors
• Paints
• Glitter
• Tinsel

Activity 4
• One empty smarties tube per child
• Bells for pet collars
• Scissors
• Pipe cleaners
• Paint

Activity 5

Activity 6
None needed although percussion instruments (e.g. those described above) could be used.

Activity 7

Activity 8
• Music challenge cards
• A box with a variety of instruments. This should include some percussion instruments and some that can easily be used to make a sound such as a xylophone, kazoo etc.


Activity 1 - Make a Joyful Noise

Aim: To make their own shaker/drum.

• Decorate outside of container as desired.
• You can cut out shapes from construction paper or paint it or glue on white paper and colour with markers.
• Fill the container with up to about ½ or less with dried beans (or similar material)
• Put a bit of glue around the edge of the lid and put it on tightly.
• You can put a thick rubber band over it to ensure the lid stays on
• Shake your instrument or bang on it with an unsharpened pencil or wooden spoon.

Once they have made their instruments give them some time to play on them. You could even play a CD and get them to accompany a song with their instrument.

Activity 2 - Maracas

Aim: To build their own maracas.

Make the paper mache with one cup of flour and 4 cups of water. Boil the paper mache stirring frequently just long enough for itto thicken., take off the stove and put in a separate bowl. Add 4 ice cubes and stir. You could also make cold paper mache with equal parts of flour and water. It takes more flour and isn’t quite as smooth, but it works just fine.

• Use a siphon (you can make one by rolling a piece of paper into a cone) and pour some beans into your balloon.
• Blow up your balloon ( don’t swallow any beans!).
• Tape the cardboard tube onto the bottom of the balloon (use lots of tape).
• Cover with the paper mache newspaper strips and let dry.
• Decorate outside of as desired. e.g. paint, decorate with sugar paper or put on stickers.
• Shake your maraca.

Once they have made their instruments give them some time to play on them. You could even play a CD and get them to accompany a song with their instrument.

Activity 3 - Make Your Own Drum Kit

Aim: To build and decorate their own drum kit.

• Use a round tin to make one of the drums and decorate it with paint glitter and stars from the print-out.
• Use empty tubs or boxes to make the other drums and decorate them with paint, glitter, or coloured paper.
• Use pencils to make the drumsticks. Decorate the ends with tinsel.
• To make a high-hat cymbal, paint another pencil and attach it underneath the plate with sticky tack. Now use more sticky tack to attach your high hat cymbal to your tin drum.

Once they have made their instruments give them some time to play on them. You could even play a CD and get them to accompany a song with their instrument.

Activity 4 - Tambourine Time !

Aim: To build and decorate their own tambourine.

• Paint the outside of the smarties tube and leave it to dry. This will be the tambourine handle.
• Thread the pet bells onto the pipe cleaner.
• Make a small hole in the bottom of the smarties tube and tie the pipe cleaner to it.
• Shake the tambourine, holding it by the smarties tube.

Once they have made their instruments give them sometime to play on them. You could even play a CD and get them to accompany a song with their instrument.

Activity 5 - Feel The Rhythm

Aim: To be able to memorise and copy rhythms.

• Play in a circle or divide into teams and have a relay game from the back of a line to the front
• The leader (or later on one of the children) taps a rhythm silently on the back(s) of the next child who taps the same rhythm on the back of the next child etc.
• The last child claps the rhythm out loud
• The leader claps the rhythm back to see whether it was passed down the line accurately

Extension Tasks/Adaptations:
If the children have all made their own percussion instrument, they could use those to produce the rhythms.

Activity 6 - The Rhythm Chain

Aim: To be able to memorise and copy rhythms.

• The children will need to be able to stand throughout the game.
• First, the leader goes over the basic hits. The leader presents these hits and the children copy them. This can incorporate clapping, stomping, snapping. short yells, tapping. shaking maracas/ tambourines, knee-slapping, and chest slaps in the music game.
• The next step involves the leader beginning with a simple rhythm. For example, they might clap twice and stomp once.
• Then the music leader picks a volunteer to repeat the rhythm and add to it. Maybe the new rhythm involves clapping twice, stomping once and snapping.
• They then pick the next child to repeat the rhythm and add to it. This continues until the rhythm becomes too complicated. At this point the next child starts a new rhythm.

Activity 7 - If You're Happy And You Know It....

Aim: To be able to use their voice and gestures to express emotion.

• Sing with the group ‘If you’re happy and you know it. clap your hands’
• Discuss with the children how else they could express that they are happy when singing the song (e.g. smiling, dancing, clapping etc.)
• Sing the song again and let the children choose their own way of expressing this emotion.
• Repeat the discussion and singing changing the emotion/characteristic that the children will have to express, e g. If you are sad.., tired... excited...scared...shy...etc.

Extension Tasks/Adaptations:
Can the children think of any phrases to use in the song?

Activity 8 - Music Challenge

• To be able to use instruments to create a variety of different sounds.
• To listen to each other.

Photocopy the template onto card and cut them out. There are 14 cards so if you have a bigger group you may want to photocopy several sets. The same cards coming up repeatedly should not negatively affect the activity.

• Ask the children to sit in a circle.
• Put the cards on a pile face down in the centre of the circle
• Ask the first player to pick up a card, read the instructions out loud (they may need help with this), choose an instrument and complete the task
• Then ask them to return the instrument and it is the next player’s turn

Devotion Links:
• Isaiah 55:12 “
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands”
• Psalm 150 “...let everything that has breath praise the Lord”
• Tell a bible story and ask the children to contribute sound effects, e.g. the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem
• Use the drum kit to make the sound of the donkey’s hooves
• Quiet shaking of the maracas to represent the crowd’s feet shuffling as they wait for Jesus
• Shout ‘hosanna” and make loud noise on the percussion instruments as Jesus enters etc.

For full details see the BB Anchors Pro Pack CR2-8


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