I love using body percussion activities in my classes. I am sharing some ways to use body percussion activities, and tips on how to implement them into your existing curriculum.
Although not an expert, I’ve grown in my understanding and application through workshops and experiences in the classroom.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to implement it into your curriculum, check out your local ORFF organization.
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WHAT IS BODY PERCUSSION?
Using the human body as an instrument. Making sounds from low to high- stomp, pat knees, clap hands, and snap (click). Though you can use other parts of the body to make sounds.
The thing I stress with my students is that it’s a gentle tapping and not a slapping.
No one should ever get hurt using body percussion.
WHY BODY PERCUSSION ACTIVITIES WORK
- Helps Kids Concentration
- Helps Improve Social Skills
- Helps Build Classroom Community
- Helps to Release Stress
Try beginning your class with a body percussion activity. They make great transition activities and help students get engaged as they enter the classroom.
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HOW TO IMPLEMENT INTO YOUR CURRICULUM
I began with one activity at the beginning of the school year. When I began, the kids didn’t know what was really going on.
But as time passed and grades rotated up, I was able to use it more and expand on it’s use as the kids “got” the hang of it and were comfortable doing body percussion.
BODY PERCUSSION ACTIVITY TIPS
- Start Slow
- Play Copy Cat Games with the Actions
- Allow for Mistakes
- Give Students Space to Move
- Create a YouTube playlist of your “go to” body percussion activities.
- Write the body percussion activities into the lesson plans with links to videos.
- Create and insert these activities into a google slides document called “Kindergarten Body Percussion Activities” so that you have immediate access without the ads!
Here’s a fun Back to School Body Percussion activity you can do with your students to kick off a new school year!
DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE BODY PERCUSSION
Imagine a 300 student choir on the stage and a NOISEY audience!
Instead of saying anything, I have the choir COPYCAT my body percussion patterns.
We start off with feet stomping, then patting, clapping, then snapping, then some patterns.
Next, I then mix in some funny actions like patting heads and rubbing bellies, or tapping foreheads with a look of despair and tapping cheeks as if in alarm and then patting bellies with a huge grin on my face.
Honestly, I do it until everyone in the room is SILENT.
Teacher Tip: I never have my students perform when there is talking or noise going on in the audience (unless it’s like babies and can’t be helped!)
It’s ALWAYS been successful. And, everyone starts copying the choir and stops talking…I love it!
PLAYING AND CREATING PATTERNS
Another great way to use body percussion is to connect the movements with rhythms.
The best part is that once the students understand this connection, you can then use any rhythm pattern and ask your students to create body percussion moves to show it instead of just clapping.
I’ve found that my kinesthetic and active children LOVE doing these types of activities.
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Finally, have FUN with it!
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