Clapping hands

Sound toys from oral tradition

    School sections
    • Pre-primary
    • Primary
    • Lower secondary school
    Educational subjects
    • Music, Rhythm and movement
    • Aural skills (Ear training)
    • Composition
    • Theatre/music
    • Music and technologies
    • Vocalism
    • Music and…

Clapping hands

Rhythmic games with hands are all those games including different types of clapping, between two or more players, while singing a nursery rhyme and are an effective repertoire of activities involving voice and movement to be proposed to children. Every game can provide a didactic opportunity, it can become a microcosm, a sound toy in the sense shown by Gianni Rodari, where words, gesture, movement, body sounds, objects and instruments converge.

Work tools

Clapping hands games are at everyone’s disposal, they don’t need any equipment. This is their strength and here lies their educational effectiveness. They are multimedia without needing technology. Possible variations can be implemented with objects and tools of every kind, from traditional didactic tools, to rhythmic instruments and objects etc. …

Educational purposes

The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.

    • Sound perception
    • Interpretation
    • Analysis
    • Comprehension
    • Execution
    • Improvisation
    • Composition
    Reading and Writing
    • Use of unconventional analogic music notation
    Lower secondary school
    • Actively participating in music experiences through the execution and the interpretation of vocal and instrumental music pieces belonging to different genres and cultures.
    • Capacity to conceive and create music and multimedia messages, also though improvisation or collective elaboration processes, using also IT tools, in critical confrontation with models belonging to the musical heritage
    Reading and Writing
    • Using different notation systems functional to reading, analysis and reproduction of pieces of music
Educational targets

The student:

  • Pays attention to the sound quality of the voice, the body, objects and instruments
  • knows how to retrace and communicate verbally the didactic paths realised in the classroom
  • understands the meaning of some elementary compositional forms: ostinato, rhythmic and melodic, themes and variations
  • explores the production of sound and music using voice, body, objects and instruments
  • can perform simple rhythms and melodies, with voice, body percussion, objects and basic instruments
  • participates effectively and actively in collective works of creation of simple musical objects
  • knows how to build small compositions using patterns from different games
  • can recognise and use simple rhythms written in conventional notation
  • can recognise and use simple melodic motifs written in conventional notation


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