This activity is intended for children ages 3 and up. It is best played with 3-5 players. To begin, have the children draw a picture of an egg. Each child should color a section of the egg the same color as the egg they are using. Here is a drawing of the one we used.
For the first round of the game, choose a child to be “it.” They are the musical conductor. They will hold the egg drawing, and the other children will sit on the ground in front of them with their shaker egg. The conductor will point to a color. The child with the same color egg will create a rhythm for the other egg holders to follow. The conductor will decide when it is time to change the rhythm by choosing another color. As the rounds go on, the conductor should choose the colors faster. If a child can not come up with a rhythm, simply have the conductor choose another color. Make sure each child has a chance to take a turn being the conductor by playing several rounds of the game. This activity will help teach your children rhythm, to follow music cues, beginning reading skills and staying focused.