I’ve used the little animal characters I designed to create a matching game for students who are learning the note names around middle C. Students take a clothespin and clip it on the matching letter on the staff. It’s fun, and something a little different. It’s not hard but I think it’s a good way for younger students to practice learning note names. I also made a version for pre-readers using keyboards. If there is enough interest I’ll post it.
If is funny that some children don’t know what clothespins are. I tell them how I was the person in the house who had to carry the clothes out in the back and hang them on the clothesline. And I was the one who had to run out real fast and take them down if it started raining. Their eyes seem to get big like they are sitting in the presence of a true pioneer woman, especially when I tell them I remember finally getting a washing machine when I was a little girl. When I was real young we lived in a small city and the laundry man came around and got our dirty laundry. One student asked me if I remember when cars were invented!
There are 3 pages of cards. Print them on sturdy card stock and laminate. If you can’t laminate, and you want them to last, cover with clear plastic, such as clear Contact™ paper.
A few years ago I gave a baby shower and one of the games used little mini-clothes pins. I still have them, and I’m trying to think of some way to use them. But they were too small for my young students to use, so I went into my laundry room and got these. Laundry rooms are nice, but in a way I miss those simpler times when I spent the summer dashing out in the backyard to bring in the clothes!
- To quickly identify the 9 notes around Middle C
- To work on eye-hand coordination
- To strengthen the fingers
- To enjoy a hands-on activity
- Children ages 5-8 who are learning to read note names
- Regular size clothespins
- Alphabet Clothespin Matching Cards, printed and cut out of card stock
- This activity is for one student, but can be modified for more than one
- The teacher gives the student the cards and a supply of clothespins
- The object is to attach the clothes pin under the correct name of the note on the staff
- As the students get better and know the notes, the game can be played with a timer
Why I like this game
- It does not require a lot of preparation
- It is fast and can be played in a few minutes
- It is something a little different for students but they recognize the characters
- It also helps to strengthen the fingers a little