To prepare for this activity, I took ziplock bags and squeezed in some neon paint that I had. (I have since learned you can put too much in. A small amount of paint goes a long way for this activity). Then, I sealed the bag and put packing tape over the top and seal. (My secretary laughed at me when I asked for the packing tape and told her what I was doing. She said there would be paint everywhere. I invited her up today to see that there was no paint anywhere and the kids were loving it :-) )
Upon entering the room today, each student got a paint bag and a q-tip for writing rhythms.
|Paint Bags Ready and Waiting for Students|
They loved it and would've spent the entire class period if I had let them. It was a quick 10 minute way to do some rhythm dictations in a fun way!
|Dictating rhythm patterns in paint|
|A complete rhythm pattern. After time, the patterns did disappear, but the goal was for students to audiate and dictate what they heard, checking their work and assessing their own progress.|