I figured I would make use of them somehow, and as I was packing up boxes for our upcoming move, an idea struck me. I took the large-sized puffballs, some *garden-variety glue*, and added googly eyes to make this:
They're cute, in a creepy sort of way.
*Edit: You cannot use garden-variety glue. Hot glue is necessary for the googly eyes to stay attached. Thanks to Tina from The Totally-Tuned-In Teacher for figuring this out!*
The puffballs serve as the beat, and the googly eyes are the number of sounds on the beat. I created only two types, just to give you an idea of what they look like. However, with the variety of sizes in the package, I could've easily made rhythm monsters that represented three or four sounds on a beat. I think this would be a great activity for rhythm review or as a craft for when there's a substitute.
As I began to play with them a bit more, I realized they made a distinct sound when struck. I placed one on my knee and started keeping a beat. This reminded me of an awesome idea I learned from Christine over at Elementary Etudes. During one of our TweetChats, she mentioned "beat buddies". I'd never heard of the concept before, but I was instantly hooked. These monsters would be a great way to make some inexpensive beat buddies for students. You could have students create their own and name them. Plus, if the students make them, they're more likely to treat them carefully throughout the year.
What do you think? Can you imagine rhythm monsters making an appearance in your classroom? If so, please take a picture and leave it in the comments. I'd love to see your creations!
Thanks for reading!