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Clapping Rhyme

Kindness Clapping Rhyme           

© Jenny Jenkins 2015        https://sites.google.com/site/valueslessons


Have someone ready to help you demonstrate it to the children first.
Each clapping rhyme on this website uses the same set of easily learned actions.

1. Teach the actions

First say this together: 'Sides, clap, right, left, sides, clap, both.' 
Next, the children sit or stand in pairs, facing each other and do the actions while saying those words together. Repeat them until everyone has learned them.

Sides They slap both hands on their thighs
Clap own hands together once,
Right, Left Slap their partners right hand, then left hand for the third and fourth words.
Sides Slap thighs again,
Clap own hands together,
Both hands slap their partner's, for the last word of each line.

2. Now teach the poem (without actions)


Ask questions about the meaning of the poem, line by line:

Kindness makes my heart feel good
Treating others as I should.
Helping with a smiling face
Makes the world a better place


Say the rhyme through together at least 6 times, keeping a strong rhythm for each syllable.
Practise until the children can say it without looking at the words. Test them.

3. Put the actions to the rhyme (One set of actions fits each line)

Kind/ness makes my heart feel good
Sides/clap     right    left    sides   clap both

Treat/ing oth/ers as I should.
Sides/clap right / left sides clap both

Help/ing with a smil/ing face
Sides/clap right left sides/clap both

Makes the world a bet/ter place
Sides   clap  right   left sides/clap both

First demonstrate twice with the partner you have practised with.Have the children sit or stand sideways to the words so that they can refer to them if they forget.

Students have 3-5 minutes to practise together, memorising the poem. Move around the room helping them.
Ask for volunteers to perform it to the class, without looking at the words, for a small prize.


Constantly Kind Clapping Rhyme.  Print out for students to memorise.



Kindness makes my 


heart feel good


Treating others


as I should.


Helping with a


smiling face


Makes the world a 


better place!


 © Jenny Jenkins 2015     https://sites.google.com/site/valueslessons