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Rhythmic Memory Game 🧠

By January 31, 2024Blog

This drumming rhythm game promotes attention and memory skills, whilst also  encouraging adaptability and quick thinking. It’s an engaging way to challenge students to stay focused and actively participate in a collaborative rhythmic experience.


To enhance attention and memory skills through a rhythmic memory challenge using percussion instruments.

Materials Needed:

  • Various percussion instruments (drums, hand drums, rhythm sticks, tambourines, etc.)
  • Blindfolds (optional, for an added challenge)
  • Open space for students to arrange themselves in a circle.
Drumming game with students.


  • Instrument Distribution: Distribute different percussion instruments to each student or small group. Ensure there’s a variety of instruments for a diverse sound.
  • Formation: Have students form a circle in the classroom. Make sure they can see and hear each other well.
  • Establish a Rhythm: Begin by establishing a simple rhythm using a single instrument or clapping hands. Encourage students to follow along and memorise the rhythm.
  • Pass the Rhythm: Start with one student or group playing a short rhythmic pattern. The next student or group must replicate and add their own pattern. Continue passing the rhythm around the circle.
  • Eyes Closed (Optional): For an added challenge, one or more students close their eyes while they attempt to replicate the rhythm by listening and feeling the vibrations.
  • Increase Complexity: Gradually increase the complexity of the rhythmic patterns as the game progresses. This challenges students to pay closer attention and strengthens their memory.
  • Introduce Variations: Experiment with introducing variations in tempo, dynamics, and patterns. Students must stay focused to adapt to these changes while maintaining the overall rhythmic flow.

Reflect and Discuss:

After the activity, gather the students for a discussion. Ask about their experience, the challenges they faced, and how they managed to stay attentive and focused during the game.

More Resources:

You can learn more creative and engaging tools in our Teacher Training courses, which are available both in person and online.
You may also like to view our Special Packs to kick start your class with a bundle of drums and percussion instruments.