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Rhyme N' Rhythm
A Song’s Heartbeat


Bounce a ball or balloon to the beat of a song, counting “1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4. . .” as you bounce.

Tip: Try to focus on the drumbeat in the song, which usually follows the tempo more than it follows the melody. 


Bounce a ball or balloon to the beat of a song. Point out how each word “fits” into a bounce.

Tip: In the song Wheels on the Bus, the word “wheels” takes up 1 bounce, while "on the” together take up 1 bounce (each word taking up ½ bounce each).


Each pair of brackets represents a beat/bounce. An empty pair means the word before takes up that bounce as well.


The (wheels) (on the) (bus) (go) (round) (and) (round) ( )

(Round) (and) (round) ( )

(Round) (and) (round) ( )

The (wheels) (on the) (bus) (go) (round) (and) (round) ( )

(All) (through) (the town) (  ) (  )


Create your own melody and lyrics, and bounce a balloon to the beat . 

Tip: The lyrics can be as simple as what you will have for breakfast, set to a steady pulse. 

Why is this important?

Understanding and experimenting with rhythm helps children develop math skills. 

Looking for More Information?

Check out our Rhyming resource, then use thee skills to learn some Rhyming Songs!

References:Azaryahu, L., Courey, S. J., Elkoshi, R., & Adi, J. E. (2020). ‘MusiMath’ and ‘Academic Music’ – two music‐based intervention programs for fractions learning in fourth grade students. Developmental Science, 23(4). Barbour, A. C. (2009). Creative arts kits. In Ann C. Barbour (Ed.), Learning at home, PreK-3: Homework activities that engage children and families (pp. 113-132). Corwin Press.

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