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Rhythm Sticks for Kids: The Spider Went Over the Spider Web



Rhythm sticks are the perfect way to introduce instruments to preschoolers. Before starting, show the children how to hold the sticks, with your forearms resting on your thighs (when sitting cross-legged on the floor) and your hands just a few inches off the floor. With this music activity from 101 Rhythm Insturment Activities for Young Children, you'll be ready to tap, scrape, hammer and have a great time exploring the sounds of rhythm sticks!

Rhythm Sticks for Kids: The Spider Went Over the Spider Web

The Spider Went Over the Spider Web

Ask the children to sit cross-legged on the floor. Show them how to make their sticks do a “spider walk.” Hold the sticks straight up and down and to the beat of the song “walk” them around on the floor, stiffly and lightly, to imitate a spider walking on its long, skinny legs.

 

Do the “spider walk” with the sticks while singing the following song to the tune of “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”:

 

The spider went over the spider web,

The spider went over the spider web,

The spider went over the spider web,

To catch a little fly.

 

He caught a little fly,

He caught a little fly,

And he went back over the spider web,

He went back over the spider web,

He went back over the spider web,

And then he went to sleep.

 

When you “catch a fly,” grab an imaginary fly with the ends of your sticks (using the chopstick motion, except using both hands.) Then “spider walk” until the end of the song, when you put down the sticks and pretend to sleep.

 

101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children

For more tips on using rhythm sticks and other instruments in your classroom, pick up a copy of 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children.




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