Children love playing songs with boomwhackers. These tube instruments are so easy to play that everyone sounds good. They don't take a lot of coordination since you just hit them on the floor or in your hand. They are always in tune so the notes sound good!
Boomwhackers are great for rhythm and timing.
The call and response song, Down Comes Johnny, teaches the children how to make music as a group. They need to anticipate when it is time for them to come in and play their boomwhackers and sing their part.
The words to the song are:
Down comes Johnny,
Down comes he.
He is hiding the money and the key.
Who has the money?
(response) I have the money.
Who has the key?
(response) I have the key.
Watch the video to learn the song and see how to teach it to your students. Trouble seeing the video? Click here.
For more boomwhacker ideas be sure to check out Exploring Major Tones with Boomwhackers and More Fun with Boomwhackers: Listen for Bells.