The mother birds are different from each other in subtle ways but the babies are all the same. The only way the child can discover which babies go with the mothers is to read the musical icons and match the "family songs".
The children will learn how to clap and say these rhythm patterns so that after each family is together, they can clap the family "songs".
So how would I do this lesson?
Preparation for the game: Make two copies of the icons in the chart above. You can cut the words off for this exercise. Let the children find the matching rhythm patterns. After you have found the matches, say and clap the rhythms for each. Make sure that each rhythm is clapped in a pattern of 4 beats. A ta gets one beat and a ti-ti also gets one beat. Always remember to do such exercises with the whole group first if you are teaching more than one child. Then take the time to check each child's understanding individually.
Mother Bird Rhythm Game:
1. Cut out the mother birds and the babies. (No need to be fussy about cutting along the lines)
2. Tape or pin the mother birds, scattering them about the room. (Or lay them on the floor or wherever you choose)
3. Tell the children that if they look very closely they will be able to find the baby birds with the same music at the mothers. The children take the baby birds and tape or pin them next to their mothers. (You could choose to give one of each of the five different babies to each child so that each child has to read every one of the patterns and find the mothers)
4. Check each bird family to make sure the correct babies are there.
5. Tell the children you are going to learn the "song" for each bird family. Then help them to clap and say the rhythm patterns for each bird family.
6. Celebrate success! ALWAYS celebrate success!
(After my kids knew how to do an exercise like this we would add some challenges to it and repeat on successive days. Challenge 1: Time ourselves to see how fast we can do it without losing accuracy. Challenge 2: Can the children clap and say the rhythms with no help from the teacher?)