Egg Shakers Beat Patterns!

Egg shakers are my go-to instrument for using in Primary! I love them for introducing a song, helping them get a sense or feel for the rhythm or beat, or just for a fun activity that has lots of interaction and involvement!

There are SO many things you can do with an egg shaker, though. When I first got started using them I would just follow the basic rhythm and beat of the song, with very little variations. But egg shakers really can make a ton of different sounds, just from adjusting how you use them!

Today, I’m sharing the printable cards I’ve made to help you create patterns and sequences using egg shakers to get the most out of these awesome instruments! This is the 4th set in the series of printable cards perfect for singing time!

Egg Shaker Rhythm Cards

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Egg Shaker Lesson Plans

If you’re just getting started using Egg Shakers or you want to see some examples of how other music leaders incorporate them, I’ve got a few posts to help! My kids always love using egg shakers and they are so accessible for all ages – 3-11 and even adults seem to love using them!

Here are some of the different songs and lesson plans I’ve shared for using Egg Shakers! You can start with using egg shakers with just the most basic rhythm and beat structures, and then branch out from there.

Egg Shaker Rhythm Cards

I got my Egg Shakers on Amazon! You can make your own. I even did that my first year as a music leader. But the sets on Amazon are really affordable and are nearly indestructible (unlike my homemade ones!!).

Ideas for Using the
Egg Shaker Beat Rhythm Cards

– Make a beat sequence that follows the time signature of the song. For example, you might shake on every beat for the first measure, then switch to a different action or rhythm for the next measure.

Egg Shaker Rhythm Cards

– Mix and match the Egg Shaker beat rhythm cards to create fun or silly patterns of actions to do with your egg shakers! Let the kids help you pick out ones to use and post them up on the board to help everyone follow along!

– Try splitting your class into smaller groups and let each group make a pattern or sequence! Then, they can present their version and let the rest of the group follow along.

– Use the variety of beat rhythm cards to teach about the feeling of a song and the differences between beat and rhythm! If you’re still unsure of the difference yourself, head over to our Mini Conducting Course!!

Egg Shaker Patterns

This video can give you a helpful look at how to use these egg shaker beat rhythm cards or just some ideas on a variety of ways to use egg shakers!

If for any reason the video above doesn’t load, you can instead pop over to my YouTube Primary Playlist for more ideas and resources and watch this video there! Don’t forget to subscribe to the playlist!

Egg Shaker Beat Rhythm Cards

My printable egg shaker beat rhythm cards come with two sizes in each download! You can choose to print the large or the 1/4 sheet size — or just print the contact sheet for reference when planning an action sequence!

Egg Shaker Rhythm Cards

The 1/4 sheet size has 4 different beat rhythm cards per printed page. This is perfect if you need to conserve ink or you have a small Primary group. It’s also really great for those that want to use the cards for smaller group settings, like one of the activity ideas we suggested above!

If you have a large Primary or just love to have big printables that make it really easy for everyone to see – you can instead print the full-page Egg Shaker Beat Rhythm cards.

Egg Shaker Rhythm Cards

The larger sized Egg Shaker cards are also really great if you want to just print the couple of cards you want to use of any particular lesson plan! Of course, your purchase includes both, so you can print both sets, if you decide to!

The egg shaker card set includes 30 different beat rhythm patterns and fun actions you can use with your egg shakers! This gives you so many mix-and-match options for having fun during singing time!

Egg Shaker Rhythm Cards

The printable cards set also includes a contact sheet. That’s a one-page look at all 30 beat rhythm ideas perfect for quickly and easily planning a fun sequence for ANY song!

Get the Egg Shaker
Beat Rhythm Cards

The Egg Shaker Beat Rhythm Cards are available for just $4 through our digital cart. The purchase includes the large, quarter-page, and contact page printables you’ll have everything you need to get started making your own Egg Shaker patterns!

Egg Shaker Rhythm Cards

You can also find a bundle purchase with all 4 sets of our printable cards (dance scarves, ribbon wands, rhythm sticks, and egg shakers!) for only $12.

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What other fun actions could I add to these printable egg shaker beat rhythm cards?

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