Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Lots of sports are reliant on good rhythm!  This activity ties in the development of good rhythm with some sports for the children to learn about. It focuses on whole body movements and can be used in Musicality as well under To Develop Rhythm.

Equipment required

  • music tracks
  • pictures of each sport

links to resources

Training Videos

rhythm of sport from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Sport Knowledge of the world general advice from MAD Academy on Vimeo.


Up to six weeks

How it works

The children listen to 4 different pieces of music with very different beats and accompany them with different sporting actions. There are four sport centred rhythmic musical pieces – rowing, running, tennis and swimming. This not only helps the children to learn about the various sports but also reinforces their sense of rhythm through the rhythmic movements associated with each of the sports.

What to do in the class

Choose a sport and talk to the group about the sport explaining why good rhythm is important to that sport.  Show the picture of the sport. The class will then practice the rhythmic movement associated with each sport.Demonstrate the actions then put the music on and try them out together.  Make sure you move in time to the music and encourage the children to do the same.

Sport Type of Music Action

  • Rowing Moderate 4/4 Children sit and do a rowing action, counting 2 beats for the forward and back action
  • Running Quick 2/2 Children stand and run on the spot, moving arms and legs quickly in time
  • Swimming Slow 3/4 Children stand and make a breast stroke action for 3 beats
  • Tennis Slow 2/2 Children stand and pretend to serve, throwing left arm up and hitting down with the right

Adaptations for older/younger children

None required

What to do in a nursery setting

None required