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Pen-Tap Rap!

Create your own rap to the sound of a pen-tapping beat.

What you’ll need: A desk or table, a chair and a pen or two of course!

What’s it for?

This activity helps you express yourself through creating your own beat and rap. You could tap and rap on your own, or you can work together with another person, taking turns and listening to each other.

Check In:

Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.

  • How are you feeling?

  • What are you thinking?

  • How does your body feel?


  • Choose a pen that fits the best in your hand.

  • Different pens will make slightly different sounds; experiment with the sounds and make sure that the pen you choose is strong enough to tolerate strong tapping. Most importantly: stay safe!

  • You can hold a pen with one hand and use the fingers and heel of the other hand to support your beat.

  • You could also use two pens - one in each hand.

  • To get started, hold the pen between your thumb and fingers and try to make your own beat by tapping the point of the pen onto a desk. Be adventurous and explore different ways of holding and tapping the pan. The possibilities are endless!

  • A rap needs rhythm and a good rhyme so once you’re happy with your beat, time to write your rap!

  • You can start by introducing yourself and tell a story about yourself – it could sound something like this:

My name is Jay

I’m feeling good today

It like to tap and rap

So put your hands together and clap

  • Enjoy tapping and rapping and see where it takes you!

Extra Activity: You could invent your own tapping pattern and write it down so that you remember how to play it next time or you could share it with a friend. For example, you could use numbers or symbols to note a particular sound.

When you’ve finished making your rap, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What did you enjoy the most about this activity? Tapping, rapping or maybe both together?

  • Was it easier to tap and rap on your own or would you prefer to work together with another person?

  • What was the most surprising sound you created?

  • What title would you give the song you created?


Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising about yourself? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?

If you would like to, share something about your experience with this activity with someone you live with! Ask the person who looks after you to send us an email if you have any questions or comments about the activity, or would like to send us any pictures ( Don't forget to subscribe for more fun CAT activities!

Created by Karolina Koman © April 2020


Creative Art: Music and Creative Writing

Psychological Area: Self-Expression, Communication, Emotional Wellbeing

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These activities could be done by children of all ages, but some may need the support of their parent or carer to read the instructions or complete the activity safely.

This website was made by CAT Corner to help you explore your feelings through fun creative arts activities. The people using the website and the people responsible for them need to make sure they stay safe (full disclaimer on About page).

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