Sunday, 25 August 2013

DIY: 3/4 Practise Using Ice Cube Trays!

So, instead of doing something that would prepare me for the first week of school... I decided to work on a little project for centres. Oh well! Here it is:

Ice Cube Tray Rhythms

This is yet another idea inspired by classroom teachers! Ice cube trays are often used for ten frame math work and I thought, "Hey! I want to come up with an idea using them for the Music room!"

I went to Dollarama and found something even better: An ice cube tray divided in groups of THREE! I immediately thought it could be used for practising 3/4 metre.

And it's blue! Yay!

I also grabbed small white circular sticker labels.

And I picked up a few baggies of glass stones.

Once I was back home, I got started. 
Using a black pen, I wrote rhythms on the STICKY side of the stickers. 

Next, I stuck those guys to the flat bottom of the stones.

And voila! All ready for the kids to practise working with rhythms in 3/4!

And now maybe on to doing something that will prepare me for next week!


  1. I love it! I am going to go out and grab stuff to make my own too! Thanks!

  2. I love your ice cube tray and glass pebble rhythms. I bet the more tactile students also love the feel of those pebbles!
    I was thinking that to further emphasize the feeling of 3/4 and the 1st beat as the strongest beat, I will color the bottom of the 1st beat in the ice cube tray with a black sharpie. Thank you for the wonderful manipulative idea!

    1. That is a GREAT idea Tanya! I think I will do the same!

  3. I did this with my 5th graders this week with2/4 vs. 6/8 meter and they LOVED it!! I couldn't find ice cube trays that would fit my stones - but our preschool teachers lent me their paint trays which hold 12 stones perfectly. For one exercise we held it sideways and made 2 measures of each - and for a second (haven't gotten this far yet) I plan to make meter symbols on the stones and turn the tray longways where they need a meter and two blank spaces for one measure of each.

    GREAT idea :)

    1. Wow Jaime! That sounds great! Thanks for the awesome ideas!