Candy Bar Rhythms

I am so sorry for the lack of updates recently.  Lots of other things have been taking my time, and new posts got put on the back burner for awhile. 

This is a fun rhythm activity that I made up for one of my school classes.  The children practiced clapping the rhythms together.  After they had mastered them, each student recieved their own candy bar rhythm sheets.  They cut apart the cards, and glued them in whatever order they wished on a large sheet of construction paper.  Students them performed their rhythms for each other.  They then got to choose a candy bar to eat after the performances.  I have a sneaky suspicion that was their favorite part of the lesson. 🙂

As an extension activity, students could turn add notes to their candy bar rhythms.  They could be assigned to do so in middle C posision, or in a particular pentascale or scale that they are working in.  Older students could then add chords to their melodies.  The possibilities are endless!

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19 Responses

  1. Thanks for this exercise – the kids liked it, but primarily for the candy!
    A suggestion to make it more fun for younger students is instead of counting out the rhythms, or using ti-ti’s and ta’s,
    to use 1 and 2 syllable words:
    Eg. ice cream cone (ice cream for the eighth notes and cone for the quarter), baseball bat, hockey puck, etc.
    We used ice cream cone the first time, then they made up their

  2. This looks like fun. I’ll have to try it with my students. Rhythm can be a tough concept sometimes.

  3. This is so cute and creative, as usual!
    -Susan P.

  4. I was unable to print out the chocolate bar photos and was wondering what I’m doing wrong.

    thanks so much.

    janet rose

    • I’m not sure why they won’t print – it does fine for me. If you’d like, send me your e-mail adress to, and I’ll send you the file. Maybe it would like that better?

      Maybe you could go to Adobe and download the latest version of Acrobat. I’m sorry that I can’t be of more help.


  5. Very cute and tasty-looking. But how do you ‘say’ the rhythm for the the Reese’s peanut butter cups? Assuming the names of the bars are said with the note rhythms. 🙂

  6. For the Reeces, we just said “ree-ces pea-nut-but-ter” to match the 2 quarters and 2 8th note pairs.

  7. These are awesome! My students LOOOOVE creating rhythms with these! Thank you for posting!

  8. I know I sound dumb, but a couple of the candy bars and rhythms don’t match to me. Would you mind putting the written rhythms next to the candy bars. Most are obvious, but a few have me very confused.


  9. I don’t have time to do it with real notation, but maybe this will do for now. Q stands for quarter, and E stands for 8th.

    Sni-ckers (QQ)
    But-ter Fin-ger (EEEE)
    Nes-tle Crunch (EEQ)
    Ree-ses Pea-nut But-ter (QQEEEE)
    Her-shey’s Milk Chok-late (EEQQQ – I know I spelled it wrong – this is just how it fits!)
    Mil-ky Way (EEQ)
    Kit-Kat (QQ)
    Mis-ter Good-Bar (EEEE)
    Twix (Q)
    O Hen-ry (QEE)
    M-n-M’s (EEQ)
    Three Mus-ke-teers (QEEQ)

    Hope that makes sense, and hope it helps!

  10. Learning to play the piano doesn’t have to be a difficult process; indeed, it can be filled providing enthusiasm and excitement. You only have to attain the ideal BEGINNER PIANO LESSON and let the music flow!

  11. The candy bar idea is a good one, especially to get the kids interested !


  12. You, my good woman, are amazing! Thank you so very much for your wonderful sharing and helps. I found you by a google search, and when I saw that there were Primary songs, I was so thrilled! I just started teaching my granddaughter (I have over 30 students, and she is the only LDS one!) and she’ll be so very thrilled to have some primary songs to play. She is only four, but so motivated.

    Thank you for all you do. I’m emailing you a Visiting Teaching handout that I do every month in thanks. . .


  13. In music categories, I specially like rhythms. I love and used to play rhythms before but want to do it again.

  14. Wonderful idea! I would like to use this for my piano students and possibly as an idea for one of my flash cards. Kids love candy bars and this is the perfect exercise for them. Thanks!

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  17. I’m thinking.. either have kids bring a candy bar wrapper to class or give them miniature candy bars (I teach k-5, 8 homerooms each! so maybe after Halloween sale?) and have them work in groups to create a rhythm (use popsicle sticks) and perform for each other. Could go further–have them write pitches and then play on piano. This works for general music classes, too– we just got keyboards through a donorschoose,org grant!

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