The Bees’ Musical Obstacle Course Part 1

Let’s do a musical obstacle course and learn about tempo.

Musical concept : Tempo  Fast / Slow


Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Emotional : Explores autonomy and reacts with pride


  • Cognitive : Explores their environment by engaging in activities related to arts, science and technology
  • Language : Expresses themself orally in different ways


  • Physical and motor : Explores the concepts of space and time


  • Social  : Participates in group activities


Prerequisites :  – Have completed modules 001, Musical bees.
                            – Have played one of the World of Chameleons games in the Mazaam app.

Necessary material

  • An interactive whiteboard, a computer, a tablet or a smartphone


  • Install the Mazaam app and open the World of Chameleons (tempo)


Objects for setting up two identical obstacle courses :

  • Position the end of the obstacle course across from the screen of either the interactive whiteboard or the device used.


  • Open the Mazaam app and display the third game of the World of Chameleons module on the screen.


  • At the end of the course, place a bin containing plastic flowers or other small objects that the children can easily carry. Provide a few more objects than the number of children.


  • At the start of the obstacle course, place an empty bin the children will drop the flowers in.

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

Introduce the activity

“Today, we’re going to become bees again because the queen bee needs us to pollinate a field of flowers.”


1. Ask the children if they remember what they learned in the previous activities (modules 001 and 011).

2. Ask them if they know how bees make honey and then give them a brief explanation.

3. Revisit the concepts of slow and fast tempo.

4. Explain the obstacle course.

  • The beginning of each course represents the team’s hive and the end of the course represents the field of flowers.


  • The game can be played competitively (by dividing the class into two groups) or collaboratively (the entire class).  In both cases, it is useful to create two separate obstacle courses to reduce waiting time.

5. Instructions :

  • Each child does the obstacle course in turn.


  • At the end of the course, each child plays with the chameleons in Mazaam: they listen to an audio excerpt and identify the element that is different.


  • If they get it right, they pick a flower in the field (bin) and bring it back to the hive by doing the obstacle course in the opposite direction.


  • Once they drop the flower in their hive’s bin, the next child sets off on the course.


  • The game continues until there are no more flowers left or when all the children have participated at least once.


  • To help the children think more on their own, don’t explain to them how to play the third game in the Mazaam app’s World of Chameleons module which is all about: how to identify the musical excerpt that is different. It’s preferable that they use a process of trial and error.

6. Talk exercise over with the children to help them become more aware of their own strengths and the challenges they encountered during the obstacle course.

To go further

Have the children do the obstacle course again by using a game from another module in the Mazaam app.

Do the activity in module 019B: The Bees’ Musical Obstacle Course – Part 2.

Play the first game in the Mazaam app’s World of Sea Lions module.