I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and you are ready to teach again. In my studio, we will be playing some fun theory games!
Today I am posting a winter season bingo game. If you have already printed out my previous Christmas bingo game, you probably don’t want to print this one. The art is different, but the bingo game is the same. This game can still be played in January, and it uses less ink. I am gradually remaking many of my printables to use less ink, which should make teachers happy!
Speaking of printing, if you have a color printer that will print “borderless”, that is, printing with no margins, this is a good printable for that because I made it with no margins. However, most of my other printables have a 1/2 inch border, and you cannot use them with borderless printing. Only use the borderless setting on PDF’s that are made without a border around the edges.
Some printers will not let you select borderless unless you also select the “photo paper” setting in your printer dialog box. Go ahead and choose the photo paper setting even if you use card stock. Also, most printers do not print borderless if they are also printing duplex (printing both sides), so remember that for other projects.
- Bingo Cards
- One or more pages of calling cards, printed and cut out.
- Bingo chips
- Container to hold calling cards
- Players take turns drawing cards and covering the correct note, closing their eyes as they draw.
- Return the calling card to the container after each turn.
- If a wild card is drawn, it can be placed on any note.
- The first player to cover all the notes on the board is the winner.
- Alternately, with a group, the teacher can draw and call the notes.
- To review notes on the grand staff.
- To improve speed in identifying notes.
Maybe some of you are taking a trip on Thanksgiving, and want something to keep your children busy when they get tired of movies and computer games. There are also some home school Moms who can use this in a music lesson next week.
The printables I’m posting today are old, so if you have been following my blog for a while, you recognize them. After one reader alerted me on Facebook that the link was wrong in my Thanksgiving Round Up post, I decided to freshen them up and put them all together in one PDF for you. There are two versions, one for learning piano keys, and the other has the easier notes around middle C on the staff. Each one comes in B&W and color.
The pages in color were not meant to be printed out, but to be used on an iPad or Android. There are several child-friendly PDF annotating apps you can download for your device, such as Skitch, Jot, and Good Notes.
However, if you want to print the color versions out, I suggest you print out just one copy of each. Put them into sheet protectors, and store them in a binder. Use page dividers to keep all the different printables organized, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Rhythm, etc. Use a dry erase marker on the printables, and you can use them over and over. If you leave the writing on the page too long it will not erase very well, so be sure to erase the marks before the end of the day. I got this tip from a teacher’s comment on my blog, and I think it’s a great way to save ink!
For those of you who do not know print out just one page of a PDF document, take at look at my FAQ here. Scroll down the page to find “How to Print on Both Sides of Flash Cards.” I give instructions on how to print just one page. If you want to know how to use Jot on your iPad, I wrote a tutorial here.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for the Jot tutorial, and I bought the Jot app myself. The free version of Jot will not work for this purpose. However, Skitch and the free version of Good Notes will work. If you want to save more than a couple of files on Good Notes, you will have to get the paid version. Skitch is a useful free app.
The black and white version is also fun to color on the iPad if you work one-on-one with a preschool child. If you find these iPad worksheets helpful, and want more, let me know!
Mr. Turkey here. My boss, Susan Paradis, made another version of the popular game, Save the Turkey. I think it’s a great game, because what’s better than a turkey? By better, I mean handsome and smart, not tasty. Anyways, play this game just like the other Save the Turkey games, which I don’t have time to link to. But you can do a search and find them.
I’ve noticed that when Susan plays this game with young children she does something odd. Sometimes, if it is her turn, she tells them if they can run to the piano and play the key on her card, they can take her turn. And all this time I thought she knew her piano keys. Maybe if she plays this game enough she will learn them! Meanwhile, she has to ask the children to help her out.
Click on the link (under my handsome picture!) to print the cards. There is only one page and it doesn’t use much ink. Take it from me, Mr. Turkey, this is a fast game that children love!
Shuffle the cards and put them in a stack on the table. Be sure the Turkey card is not near the top. The Skip a Turn cards should be evenly distributed. Player one draws a card and identifies the symbol. As long as they answer the card correctly, they continue to draw until they draw a Skip a Turn card. Then the teacher (player 2) does the same thing. Whoever draws the Turkey card has “saved the turkey” and is the winner. The game is short, so the cards can be shuffled and played again.
What do you do about piano lessons the week of Thanksgiving? I like to have a group lesson on Monday of that week, instead of their regular lesson. And every year I try to make a new game as well as play some old favorites.
The game I am posting today is for beginners and first to second year students. I decided that since my group lessons usually have different levels of students, I would make bingo boards just for the younger ones who may still be in the pre-reading stage, but also include boards for students who can read music. The first 2 pages of cards (4 game boards) do not have notes on the staff, but piano keys instead.
Sometimes I like to keep the easy cards separate from the harder cards, so for this game I printed the easier calling cards on different colored card stock. That way I can draw the easy cards for the younger students. The music symbols in all the cards are basic, but the second set does have a few more challenging terms as well as notes on the staff.
Don’t worry if your beginners don’t know all of the symbols. Help them out while they play, and they will learn them. Children learn a lot faster in a game than on a page of a method book!
I had fun making this game. I hope your students enjoy it!
- White card stock
- Optional: 2 different colors of card stock for the calling cards
- Bingo tokens, enough for all the students to cover their game board
- A bowl or other container for the calling cards
- Print and cut out the bingo boards you want to use.
- Print and cut out the teacher calling cards. Optional: print each set of calling cards on different colored card stock.
- Give each student a bingo board, or let students share cards and play in teams.
- Place all the calling cards in a bowl. The teacher draws a card and calls out the letter on the card and the symbol.
- If a students has that symbol under the correct letter, D, A, or Y, he covers the square with a bingo token.
- The first player to cover 3 in a row is the winner.
- Students also like to play “black out”, where the first student to cover all their squares is the winner.
- To introduce new musical notes, symbols, and terms
- To reinforce musical symbols
Why I like this game
- Students love Bingo
- With only 9 squares, this is a very fast bingo game
- Even beginning students can play