Then it hit me...Christmas cards! I could buy a box for a dollar. I only need 4 cards of each design, so I just recycled the rest. (I'm sure I could have figured out some of creative solution for the rest of the box if I wasn't swamped right now....) So I picked out some designs that had minimal or no words on the front and a large picture...and I ended up with a Santa, a Christmas tree, a cardinal, a bell, a snowman, and some singing polar bears.
When I use the rhythm chart, I am so far only using one and two syllable words. We talk about which pictures "get one sound to a beat" (tree, bird, bell) and which "get two sounds to a beat" (Santa, snowman, singers). We practice saying the steady beat, then saying the picture words to the steady beat. Then I let the kids change the order of the pictures, and we do it all over again. With 1st grade, I have index cards with quarter notes and eighth note pairs drawn on them, which the kids place in front of the appropriate picture cards. Then we read the rhythms with "ta" and "ti-ti."