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New! Scarecrow Stomp Game

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Scarecrow Stomp Game

What do musical little scarecrows do when they get tired of chasing away crows? Well they stomp the acorn notes scattered over the field, or course! Well, at least in my imagination that’s what they do. This is a yet another version of my favorite game, and of course I made new cards, this time with an autumn theme. It’s kind of nostalgic, because I doubt few kids in the suburbs know what it’s like to bale hay. I have a lot of readers who DO live on a farm, plus a lot who have all these memories in their head. I know I do, and there is nothing like autumn on the farm. [Edited to fix the keyboard cards. There is now a B! You will need to refresh your screen for the updated version.]

The nice thing about fall activities is they can be used all the way through Thanksgiving. This is a good game for students who don’t celebrate Halloween. There is no Card of Doom, but there is a terrible card. Literally, it’s The Terrible Card!

The original file contains 7 pages:

  • The board game
  • The optional colorful back
  • Three pages of flash cards
  • Fun directional cards, including The Terrible Card

How to Print

  • Set your printer to landscape. For a crisp, good-looking game board, use photo paper and laminate.
  • Insert photo paper or card stock and print the game board. When the print box opens up, under “Pages to Print” select “Pages.” In the dialog box, type “1” because you are only printing the first page. Set it aside to dry.
  • Insert card stock to print the cards. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” again and type “2-6.” If you can only print one page of card stock at a time, type a different number for each page.
  • To print the back of the flash cards, re-insert the printed card pages so that you will be printing on the back. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” and type “7” because the 7th page is the colorful back. [To keep from wasting ink, be sure you know how to do this. See my FAQ.]
  • You may have this printed at a print shop. I can send you a release if you need it.

Directions

This game can be played with students only, or teacher and student. The players take turns drawing cards and moving to the correct alphabet name. Mix up the note cards with the instruction cards.  The game is over when a player draws any note card after the last D. I try to make sure the students win more than they lose, so sometimes I have to get creative! You can mix and match the cards to fit the students. If a student only knows a few notes on the staff, add the keyboard cards to extend the game. For pre-school children, help them say the music alphabet backwards by letting them read it backwards or omit this card if necessary.

Objectives

  • To reinforce or learn note names on the staff
  • To learn the word “octave.”

This file is for personal use in your home or piano studio. Please do not share electronic files. My material is copyrighted. Do not post images on your website. Thanks!

 

 

 

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Bats and Cats Note Board Game

Halloween Board Game

Halloween Board Game – 7 page file includes staff flash cards, keyboard flash cards, and back for cards

One of the reasons I started making my own games years ago is because I couldn’t find any affordable games for piano students that could be played in 5 minutes.  I need games that don’t take longer than going through flash cards.

After I made the LadyBug game and discovered how much students like it yet how well it helps students learn notes, I started making variations of it for different times of the year. [If you would prefer some Fall games without the Halloween theme, you will find them on the Halloween/Autumn page here. I’ve also made a lot of Thanksgiving games.]

But I added a twist to this version: The Card of Doom!

I originally posted this several years ago without the keyboard flash cards which are posted above in a separate file. You can use the other cards along with it. When I plan to use this game I post a sign on my door that says, “Beware the Card of Doom.” Of course my students know it’s just a joke.

The original file contains 7 pages:

  • The board game
  • The keyboard flash cards
  • Three pages of flash cards
  • Fun directional cards, including the Card of Doom
  • The optional colorful back

How to Print

  • Download and save the file.
  • For a fabulous looking game board, use photo paper and laminate.
  • Insert photo paper to print the game board. When the print box opens up, under “Pages to Print” select “Pages.” In the dialog box, type “1” because you are only printing the first page. Set it aside to dry.
  • Insert card stock to print the cards. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” again and type “2-6.” If you can only print one page of card stock at a time, type a different number for each page.
  • To print the optional back of the flash cards, re-insert the printed card pages so that you will be printing on the back. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” and type “7” because it is the 7th page that has the colorful back. [To keep from wasting ink, be sure you know how to do this. See my FAQ. ]

Game Instructions

This game can be played with students only, or teacher and student. The players take turns drawing cards and moving to the correct alphabet name. Mix up the note cards with the instruction cards.  The game is over when a player draws any note card after the last D. I try to make sure the students win more than they lose, so sometimes I have to get creative!

Objectives

  • To reinforce or learn note names on the staff
  • To learn the word “octave.”

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The Boy Who Didn’t Like Halloween, Two Levels with Duet

The Boy Who Didn't Like Halloween

The Boy Who Didn’t Like Halloween  $3.99  Two Versions, Three Scores Included

Unlimited Printing Within Your Studio

Level One Version mp3 with Duet

Students Love Halloween Music!

They also like funny songs. The Boy Who Didn’t Like Halloween is a child-centered piece for students from first to fourth grade. I wrote it like a ballad, so I tell my students it is a song to play on the piano. The words are funny and my students laughed out loud.  I based the words on things my students have said over the years, so I think they can relate. Of course there is a happy ending!

As a side note, I tried so hard to remove the 8th notes from Level One.  But since the words are the rhythm, I just couldn’t make it work. And frankly, this song is all about the words. I suggest if the 8th notes are bothersome in the Level One version, either teach the rhythm by rote or change the eighths to quarter notes.

Two Levels Are Included 

I thought several of my students at different levels  would enjoy this, so I wrote it in a Level One and an easy Level Two version. The versions are in different keys to fit the levels. I also wrote a teacher duet to go with the Level One version. But instead of writing a hard-to-read duet on one staff that even my parents with years of piano lessons have trouble with, I wrote it on two staves so that it is easy for parents or an older student with a few years of piano to play along.  Also included in an ink-saving cover which I put on the front page using the “fast” setting on my printer to save even more ink. I think a little art helps with artistry. Please note that the accompaniment (duet part) is for the Level One version only, but both versions are stand alone pieces that can be played solo at recitals.

This is a studio license, so a single teacher can make unlimited copies of each level. 

 

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