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Machinery [3]

Short description

Rhythm exercise to become part of a whole and function as a whole


Social behaviourGroup dynamics/team building

Group size



20 minutes



Goal of this exercise is improving

  • joint problem solving

  • creativity

  • sense of rhythm

Children learn to work together imaginatively on a machine that can do one thing: make rhythmic noise. They learn to listen to each other, to catch the rhythm, to vary, they need to fit into an ever-growing structure. They have to coordinate with the group, otherwise the exercise won't work and the machine won't run smoothly.


  1. For this rhythmic improvisation game, one child steps forward and begins to make a movement with a sound in constant repetition.

  2. Then the next child joins in with another movement and another sound and also repeats this combination in its own rhythm.

  3. In this way, one child after the other joins in: a "totality" is created. It is beautiful when the rhythms suddenly coordinate with each other and the "individual parts" then run as one big "machine".

"Building a machine" is certainly a particularly creative one among the rhythm exercises. The children should learn to listen to each other and to create a common sound image. Each child has to find its place in the room ("mechanics of the machine") as well as in the rhythmic structure. For both, a strength is needed: to "build" oneself confidently into an existing rhythm with a new movement.

The exercise should not take too long, as soon as it "runs smoothly" it is finished! The machine can also be constructed according to a certain motto: Picking up and sorting machine, cleaning machine, greeting machine with words, where each child repeats a different greeting, also in different languages.

Background information for further reading

Cognition and consciousness



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