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Name that tune

Work as a team to guess the tunes others are performing, then be confident and give performing a go.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Percussion instruments (for example, shakers, bells, or drums)

Before you begin

Gather your instruments. If you don’t have access to instruments, you could make some simple shakers by putting rice or dried pulses and beans into boxes, tins, or bottles with lids. You could also use large biscuit or sweet tins as drums.

Name that tune

  1. Everyone should split into small groups of about three or four people.
  1. Each group should find a space in the meeting place. They should work together to choose a song that everyone in the group knows. 
  2. The person leading the activity should give each group some instruments. Each group should practise performing the song they chose. They can use their voices to hum or whistle, play an instrument, clap, or beat out a rhythm on another part of their body. 
  3. Once all of the groups have had a chance to practice, everyone should gather back together. 
  4. One group should perform their tune. Each of the other groups some talk together to try and guess the tune – they’ll need to work together to come up with one answer that everyone agrees on. 
  5. Once each group has an answer, they should take it in turns to share their guess. The group that performed should tell them whether they’re right or not. 
  6. All of the groups should guess, until someone gets it right. If none of the groups guess it, the performing group could give a clue, or perform again. 
  7. Everyone should repeat steps five to seven, until everyone has had a turn at performing a song for others to guess.

Song suggestions

If you're in need of some inspiration, consider using one of these famous tunes:

Nursery rhymes

  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Oranges and Lemons
  • Ten Green Bottles

Campfire sing-a-longs

  • Kumbaya
  • Kookaburra
  • London's Burning
  • Alice The Camel

Popular songs

  • Macarena
  • Let it Go
  • Cotton Eye Joe
  • YMCA

Reflection

This game needed everyone to work together to rehearse and then perform a song for other people. Working together to practice and guess can be really tricky, so well done to everyone who supported each other. This activity also needed everyone to be confident. Performing in front of other people can be nerve wracking. How did people feel before the activity started? Did anyone find it was a bit easier to perform because they were in a group, not on their own? Does anyone have any advice for anyone who feels nervous while performing or being in front of others? People may suggest taking a deep breath, standing tall, or smiling. The way the audience reacts can also help people to feel less nervous. Did the audience help by smiling or getting excited, especially when they thought they knew the tune?

Safety

Rubbish and recycling

All items should be clean and suitable for this activity.

Music and films

Make sure music and films are age appropriate for the youngest person present.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.