Category Archives: Halloween

Pumpkin Patch File Folder Game

Pumpkin Patch Games

Pumpkin Patch Matching Game

I love pumpkins and so do students. Today’s activity has a pumpkin theme so you can use it now and all the way up to Thanksgiving.

This activity is a file folder note matching game. The hardest part is cutting out the pumpkin cards. If  you have trouble cutting small items, I also added some cutting lines so that you can cut out squares instead of  cutting around the tiny pumpkin stem. If you decide to cut out the individual pumpkins like I did, and you plan to laminate them,  cut the pumpkins first, and then laminate them. When you cut them out again, leave  as much  laminated margin around the pumpkins as you can.

There are 5 pages, including a page for the bass clef notes, a page for the treble clef notes, 2 pages of pumpkin flash cards, and a page of keyboard cards.

There are no hard and fast rules for this game. I tried it out with students, and I changed it around for each ability level.

I made this game so my students would have another seasonal way to practice identifying the treble and bass clef, as well as learning the names of notes. I like to keep my elementary  students  enthused about piano lessons by having different activities. And they often learn something new. In this set, there is a high treble G and the bass clef D, something that was new to some of my early level students. However, you can pull the cards you don’t want to use.

Objective

  • To quickly recognize the treble and bass clef
  • To reinforce names of notes on the treble and bass staves
  • To play a seasonal activity

Directions

  • Print out the treble and bass game boards.
  • Print the pumpkin flash cards and the optional keyboard cards, and cut out either around each pumpkin or on the dotted lines.
  • Glue or tape each game board to the inside of a file folder. Tape an envelope on the front of the file folder to hold the pumpkin cards.
  • Students match the cards with the names of the notes on the game board, paying special attention to identify the clef first

Other ways to play

  • Use a timer to see how long it takes to complete each clef
  • With two students, have a race to see who can match the notes first
  • If students don’t know their notes very well, use guided practice and help them figure out the notes
  • Play with certain notes only, such as ACE
  • At a group lesson, put students on two teams and let them play against each other. Be sure to laminate the cards if you do this because they will get excited. 

Leave a comment here if you can think of another way to play!

 

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Keyboard Cards for Bats and Cats

Bat And Cats Keyboard Cards

Bats and Cats Keyboard Cards

Yesterday, when  I posted the Bats and Cats Note Game, I said I would make some keyboard cards. I had no idea there would be so many requests for the keyboard cards, really too many for me to email. So I’m posting them here. To print, select the caption below the graphic above.

After I made the cards, I noticed they are in portrait orientation, not landscape like the board game, so set your printer accordingly.

I hope your beginning students enjoy it!  And thank you so much for all the encouraging comments about this game! It is really great to feel appreciated!

Don’t forget the Bats and Cats Rhythm Game! Bats and Cats Game

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Halloween Note Board Game: Bats and Cats

Bats And Cats Notes

Bats and Cats Note Game

Wow, this graphic really is over the top! I illustrated it this way so I could show the “Card of Doom” in Pinterest. We’ve been playing the game in my studio, and my students love the Card of Doom, especially since the teacher is usually the one who draws it! Honestly, it’s good that I love for my students to win because somehow they usually do!

We have really enjoyed this game. Even beginning students who have not learned to read notes can play by using a staff chart such as Halloween Notes on a Staff.  If your students are getting ready for a theory exam,  this is a great review for that, too.

Included in this set are 3 pages of notes on staves, one page of fun instruction cards to mix up with the note cards, a game board, and an optional colorful back for your cards, which make them look more professional. Be sure to set your printer to landscape orientation.  Yes, this uses a lot of ink, but you only have to print it once. If you want it too look really good, use photo paper and laminate it.  [If you don't know how to omit the optional back to the cards, check out my FAQ.]

Directions

This game can be played with students or teacher and student. The players take turns drawing cards and moving to the correct alphabet name. Mix up the staff cards with the instruction cards.  The game is over when a player draws any note card after the last D. It is such a quick game you can play more than once.

Objectives

  • To reinforce or learn note names on the staff
  • To learn the word “octave”
  • To play a fast Halloween board game

Ages

  • Kindergarten to grade 4 or 5

I know some of you would like keyboard cards so you can play this with beginners. Email me and I’ll send a PDF copy to you. But give me a few days, because I don’t have them made yet. I didn’t think to add them to this set because I only have one beginner, and he knows the keys now.  So we used the Halloween Notes on a Staff sheet, which he filled out himself, and I was surprised to see him learn a few note names as he played.

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Wednesday Question: Halloween Games and Music Roundup

Dear Susan,

I was wondering if you can list all the Halloween material on your website.

Over the years I have made many games and posted some original Halloween and fall music. I am going to try to list it here, and I hope I don’t leave anything out! I am in the process of making new games, music, and activities, as well as updating a few things, so check back frequently. Some of the printables may look a little different from the image here. I am trying to change my landscape music to portrait orientation. If you have any trouble printing things, please check my FAQ and download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

Bats and Cats

Bats and Cats   -  This is a very simple board game to learn beginning note values.

BatFacts

Bat Facts, a Note Story -This is a note story about bats. It has some science in it, too!

Kandy Keys

Kandy Keys – Not too many students like candy corn, so why not use it to place key signatures on the staff. No, we don’t eat it after we’ve mauled it around!

Pumpkin_Keyboard_Race

Pumpkin Keyboard Race – This game has been a staple in my studio for years and years. It is gratifying to see this game used so much by teachers all over the world.  It is a good game for older beginners to quickly learn the keys of the piano.

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Halloween Notes On the Staff – I use this staff for students who have to learn all their notes quickly in order to take the Texas theory test.

Pumpkin Notes

Pumpkin Notes, Mixed Up on the Staff – When they need a little challenge, I use this one.

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Hide the Pumpkin Fun Sheet – This is a printable to identify piano keys.  There are two fun sheets to a page for this printable, so it saves paper.

Free Halloween Music

I wrote most of these easy pieces in both pre-reading and on-the-staff notation so they are perfect for beginning students. Most of these are not in middle C position, so they help with interval reading. The last one is 2 pages and a little more difficult.

What Will I Say On Halloween?  Finger numbers only. This is very easy easy for the first week of lessons.

It’s October - Finger numbers only. This is very easy for the first week of lessons. It does not mention Halloween.

Hey Mr. Mummy  This is an on-the-staff piece with a flat and a teacher duet.

See the Scarecrow

See the Scarecrow  - This is a very easy on-the- staff piece for students just learning to read notes. It is a fall piece that does not mention Halloween.

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Halloween is Almost Here - This is an easy pre-reading Halloween song.

Halloween is Almost Here

Halloween is Almost Here - This is the same as above, but on-the-staff.

Halloween, Halloween

Halloween, Halloween (pre-reading)

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Halloween Halloween (on the staff)

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Once A year On Halloween (pre-reading)

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Once a Year On Halloween (on the staff)

 

Five Little PumpkinsPR

Five Little Pumpkins (This is a pre-reading folk song, but to be honest, I found it to be too long for a preschool beginner. Maybe if you learn it in sections it will work. Otherwise, it is better with an elementary age child.  This is the well-known folk song children sing in school.

Five Little Pumpkins

Five Little Pumpkins The on-the-staff version works better for me!

Sneaky Sneakers

Sneaky Sneakers  This is a level 1 piece. There are two pages, and it sounds like Halloween music, but it has no words.

 

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Wendy Steven’s New Halloween Pieces

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The internet is buzzing with teachers who are loving Wendy Steven’s new Halloween pieces. These are early elementary level pieces, with fun sound effects your students can add. Although beginning level, they are not babyish, so they can be used for all ages of children who want a Halloween piece. I love the art on the covers. I think it’s important to have good looking covers for the elementary age group.

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Hop on over to her blog to watch the video and listen to these new pieces, published by Willis Music. You can also see a sample of the music.

http://www.composecreate.com/two-new-fun-fall-pieces/

The videos are not long so it will take less than a minute to watch them both. This is such a great way to showcase new music! I wish every new piece could be featured this way, don’t you? Composers, take note. Maybe even I will give it a try!

Disclosure: This post is my opinion and I received no compensation or review copies of the music. 

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