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Arts Activities

Rhythm Circle

Develop listening and communication skills, rhythm skills, leading and following.

time 10-15 mins
time 5 or more

Instructions:

  • Form a circle.
  • The leader begins by clapping a simple rhythm; the group repeats.
  • Continue in call-and-response style, letting the rhythm get more and more complex.
  • Now send the clap around the circle: each person leads a clapping rhythm and the group repeats. You can go around the circle several times, encouraging participants to make their rhythms more complex.
  • Ask for volunteers who would like to lead a series of clapping rhythms beginning simply and getting more complex.
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