A music teacher recently told me how she has adapted “Drumtalk” for grades K-3rd.
This is something she does at the start of the year, when just getting to know the children and working on listening skills.
Instead of the drum only saying ‘shake,’ ‘freeze,’ ‘melt,’ and ‘pop up,’ it speaks Animal!
Playing a djembe, she makes sounds that suggest animals. Fingers drummed lightly and quickly on the head might be ‘squirrel.’ Dragging a fingernail over the head might be ‘snake.’ Strong, slow, loud strikes may suggest ‘elephant.’
She lets the group of children decide what each sound means, and plays again as they move as that animal.
By the way, you can use any drum for this, not just a djembe.