Composition Squares by Rhythmically Yours

A twist on the classic line game!

Players take turns making squares by connecting the dots…..when you’ve made a square, put the rhythm in your composition area.

Rhythm Spoons by Musical Interactions

Keep students engaged while reviewing rhythms with this fast-paced Spoons variation. Students need to collect 4 cards with the same beat value while paying attention to the other players in order to grab a spoon and stay in the game!

Feed the Monster Rhythm Edition by Music Educator Resources

Students will feed the monster when they correctly identify how many beats the rhythm notation they land on receives. Perfect to assess beginners on their basic rhythm knowledge.

Rhythm Manipulatives by Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room

A classic music room activity made simple.

When you are crazy busy, you need a workhorse that you can use with ALL your classes. Five minutes passing time (or less!) between classes can be pretty rough on your setup, especially if you need to make a trip down the hall! 

This set makes it super easy to pass out an envelope or a baggie to each student. Color coordinate your cards so you can tell your first graders to pull out 2 colors, and your 5th graders to pull out 6. 

– Write rhythm notation for known songs, and patterns

– Perfect for practicing rhythmic dictation

– Compose their own rhythms!

School Bus Rhythms by Floating Down the River

Great Back to School for review or learning new rhythms. Use at the board, print for individual kids, or use for distance learning by having students signal or hold signs to show the correct rhythm.

The Drum Beats for... by SillyOMusic

The Drum Beats is an active and fun PowerPoint music game for aural reinforcement of rhythms! Students listen for rhythmic patterns and change seats with classmates. My students absolutely love this game and there is no “winner” so it can be played for any length of time.

Falling Rhythms - Rhythm Composition & Dictation Worksheets by Sally's Sea of Songs

Falling Rhythms composition worksheets give young musicians a form to practice their dictation skills, creativity and create an awesome interactive bulletin board display. Try a Write the Room: post sample rhythms using large leaves, then students copy those samples on their worksheets. Includes 4 meters, 2 bulletin board heading options, and 2 sizes leaves.

Rhythm and Shake by Noteworthy By Jen

Get students moving and active while also clapping rhythms to practice reading music!

What Does the Fox Say? Rhythms by Music Mom

Using our bodies to keep the steady beat let’s speak the rhythms. There are 3 different options to do with this activity.

Emoji Music + Math Rhythm Coloring by Hutzel House of Music

This is a great cross-curricular activity to reinforce students’ knowledge about rhythmic values. Perfect for your sub tub! Also available in seasonal themed sets!

Mystery Entrance/Exit Rhythms by Music Educator Resouces

Engage students BEFORE they walk in the door! And AGAIN before they leave!


  • 5 design variations of a fun poem instructing students what to do before they walk in.
  • Exit Slips
  • 21 rhythms to choose from (or use your own!) Rhythms include quarter note, quarter rest, dotted quarter, eighth note, eighth note pairs, sixteenth pairs and triplets.

Bucket Drumming Packs by Floating Down the River

Perfect for any situation you find yourself in this year. Tons of packs available. Use Ice cream buckets if you are on a cart. Easy to clean off.

Here Comes a Bluebird: Prepare, Present & Practice Rhythm by Sweet Sounds

My students love playing the game and singing this sweet folk song! This resource pack has tons of great visuals for teaching rhythm in the elementary music class.

Rhythm Write the Room Back to School by Ginny's Music Space

Use this write the room activity at the beginning of the year to review rhythms from the previous year.

Rhythm Battle Bundle: projectable rhythm flashcards by Organized Chaos Music

These rhythm flash card slides are a great way to help students practice and review rhythm notation reading in a fun way! These slides are designed to gradually increase in difficulty as students go through each 4-beat pattern. This bundled set includes sets 1-5, each set adding new rhythms up to and including quarter notes, barred eighth notes, barred sixteenth notes, barred sixteenth/eighth note combinations, half notes, dotted half notes, whole notes, “syncopa” patterns (eighth-quarter-eighth), and quarter, half, and whole rests.

Basics of Rhythm by The Yellow Brick Road

Basics of Rhythm is an all-in-one interactive music lesson which guides students through the sights, sounds, and feel of rhythm basics in music. This PowerPoint Presentation uses real-life images, audio, playalong recordings, and video links to keep students meaningfully engaged in the concept of rhythm. This is the perfect introduction or review of rhythm for your music students!

Apple Rhythms by Music Mom

Fun and creative words to have fun composing rhythms for elementary grade levels.

Rhythm Flashcards w/ 4 Corners for Groups & Ostinatos by SillyOMusic

There are so many possiblities for activities with these music flash cards featuring a variety of rhythms! Having 4 sections make the flashcards ideal for dividing your students into groups and playing on pitched and non-pitched instruments. Ideas for use included.

Just Right Rhythms-Read and Write 6/8 Triple Meter for Paperless Classrooms by Sally's Sea of Songs

Students use any rhythm system to practice reading 4-beat patterns composed of various combinations of characters. The final section allows students to slide the characters to create their own patterns to read. Tap and drag the notation to the grid to create new rhythm patterns. A pdf worksheet is included to extend the lesson. Great music center activity that can be used individually, in a collaborative group setting, or as an assignment in your online classroom!

Beat vs. Rhythm Practice Charts by Anacrusic by Anne Mileski

Give your students the chance to practice beat vs. rhythm with five favorite songs in early elementary. Included is song notation, game instructions, and opportunities to share iconic and formal notation with your students!

Rhythm Basketball by Pitch Publications

Looking for a differentiated and exciting way to practice reading rhythms? Use Rhythm Basketball to bounce to the beat! Obtain enough basketballs, tennis balls, non-pitched instruments, or other bouncing balls and use the provided slides to perform rhythms with some of your favorite songs! I use these fun pop play alongs to reinforce reading half note, whole note, quarter note, and eighth note notation. In addition, we are able to discuss use of measure, double bar line, and more! This is a great way to get your kids reading rhythm!

Rhythm Race by Pitch Publications

This is a super fun (yet truly educational!) game where students race to the finish line by counting the number of beats on a card! Use in your daily lessons, as part of music center or music workstation activities, or as a great sub plan!