Rhythm Building Blocks

Rhythm Building Blocks


Most of the kids love building things. Here’s a way to practice rhythms and build at the same time.

What You Need:

  • Blocks, Keva planks, Legos, or something similar
  • 1 die
  • Paper
  • Writing Utensil


  • Write out the numbers 1-6. Assign a note value to each number. I do this on the fly because it varies depending on how advanced the student is.

How to Play:

  • The student rolls the die. She then composes a one measure rhythm in 4/4 time and writes it on the paper. The rhythm must use the note value corresponding with whatever number she rolled. Other than that one note, she can use whatever note values she wants.
  • She counts and claps her measure. If she gets it right, she earns one block and begins a structure.
  • She rolls again and composes a second measure based on her roll. She can earn one block for counting and clapping just that rhythm. Then she can earn two more blocks by counting and clapping both of her measures in sequence.
  • Continue on. The student will earn progressively higher numbers of blocks each time.



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