Ideas for Musical Games

Ideas for Musical Games

Music activities are perfect to get your students up and moving. Try one of these games, created by Music Together teachers, in your classroom. If you try them, let us know by tagging us on Facebook (@MusicTogether). Happy #MusicMonday!

Try a game of “freeze dance”

Turn on your child’s favorite playlist, get everyone dancing, and tell them to “Freeze!” when the music stops. Start and stop the music at different intervals. Older children will love being in charge of turning the music on and off!

Tip: "Freezing" also builds inhibitory control, one of a set of important skills known as executive functions that develop rapidly throughout early childhood. (Learn more about how music supports executive function.)

Play musical charades

Write down the names of some well-known songs on slips of paper and put them into a container. When it’s their turn, each person pulls a piece of paper and acts out the song so others can guess what it is. Try different groups of songs: Christmas carols, patriotic songs, Music Together tunes. This game is great for older children and mixed-age groups.

Tip: Print out the Music Together song collection cards from the Family Music Zone to use in this game.

Play a prop-passing game

For this game, use scarves or shaker eggs if you have them—or pass balls, tissues, or small stuffed toys or figurines. Sit in a circle, put on some music (or start singing!), and pass the object around the circle on the beat. Start with the song’s “big beat” (macrobeat), then try to divide it into the “small beat” (microbeat) and pass twice as many times per song measure. Changing directions is a fun development!

A variation, especially for older children? Try to throw and catch a ball on the beat! If the music you're playing speeds up, it's a lot of fun—so choose wisely.

Form a follow-the-leader Conga line

Dance in a Conga line to a favorite song. Try a Music Together song (check out the Hello Everybody app) or a popular tune like “Shake Señora” (Harry Belafonte). After each refrain, choose a new leader and ask them to share a new way to dance during the verse.

Watch a “Shake Señora” Video

Subscribe to our Newsletter