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Explore and Play: Rhythm Time

Make the same rhythms you hear in Violet’s Music.


  • spoons, chopsticks, rulers or craft sticks, to be used as instruments
  • Violet’s Music
  • Max Found Two Sticks

Key Science Concepts

  • Different objects make different sounds.
  • Sounds can vary in volume (loud and soft), and pitch (high and low).
  • A sound becomes louder when the force of the action that is creating the sound is increased. A sound becomes softer, or quieter, when the force is decreased.


Tell children they’re going to make different rhythms just like Violet, using their voices and sticks. Explain that a rhythm is a pattern of sound, and demonstrate by using a stick to beat out long-long-short-short-short. Say that you’re going to repeat some of the rhythms Violet made in the story, both singing and beating out the rhythm with the sticks. Introduce a new rhythm each time by turning to the page in the book illustrating it.

  • Rattle: BOOM, shake, BEAT, shake; BOOM, shake, BEAT, shake . . .
  • Horn: WHAH woo woo! WHAH woo woo!
  • Pretend guitar: Plink, Plink, PLUCK, PLUCK! Plink, Plink, PLUCK, PLUCK!
  • Real guitar: Twang, Twang, Yeah, Yeah, Twang, Twang, YEAH

Tell children they can find rhythms anywhere. For example, a bouncing basketball, falling rain, hands clapping, feet stomping, and songs all have rhythm. Remind children of the book you read during the first week, Max Found Two Sticks, and let them flip through the pages. Ask, Can you show me some examples of where Max is beating out a rhythm? Can you imitate what you think it would sound like?