Drum and drumsticks

The Drum is the King

Use the beat of a drum as an adapted "Red Light, Green Light" game for listening skills!

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Judith E. Bevans and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, Volume 2, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Improved attention and listening skills are an important benefit of this activity, which also emphasizes learning to follow directions, starting and stopping at an appropriate signal, and improving auditory processing. Lessons include English Language Arts and Social Skills.

Drum and drumstick

Hints: Observe the student’s normal walking pace to determine the appropriate tempo. Provide enough space to avoid bumping, or let the students take turns. Extra staff can be very helpful in this activity.

Additional songs: “Fast and Slow March” by Hap Palmer; “Pause” by Hap Palmer; “Teacher Who Couldn’t Talk” by Hap Palmer; and “We Sail and We Sail and We Stop!” by Esther L. Nelson



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