Bats and Cats Rhythm Game
If you have a group lesson coming up or you are looking for a Halloween game, here is one I posted a few years ago. I’m reposting it today in case you have forgotten about it. A lot of teachers think this game is just for beginners because the game board has only easy note values. But there are 3 sets of cards for this game, and each set gets progressively more difficult. The third set has 16th notes beamed with 8th notes which is in the 4th level books of most modern method books.
Print out just the levels you want to use. The first page has directions to the game, so there is no need to print that page on card stock. This game looks really lovely printed on photo paper, which I buy at Dollar Tree. At 8 pages for $1.00, it is very reasonable and really makes the color pop out. I also laminate the game board. Be sure to print out more than one page of the rhythm cards if you use this with a group.
[Last year I made a companion to this game, but for notes instead of rhythm. Students enjoy it, too, and I also made keyboard cards for beginners to use with it. You can find the note game here.]
Directions to Bats and Cats Rhythm Game
- Print two game boards, one for the student and one for the teacher. If playing with a group, print one game board for each student.
- Print out the bat rhythm cards on cards stock and cut them into squares. If playing with a group, print more cards. Using your printer’s settings, print the cards with the rhythms that are appropriate for your student and omit the rhythms the student has not learned.
- Divide the cards equally among the players or use a common stack for the cards, depending on how many cards you use.
- Players take turns drawing a card, counting the rhythm, and placing it over a corresponding rhythm on the game board. If a player draws a card with the corresponding rhythm already covered, place it in a discard pile to be shuffled and used again.
- The game is over when the first player covers all 9 squares.
Hide the Pumpkins Keyboard Worksheet – identify piano keys
Hide the Pumpkins On the Staff – review the notes around middle C
Hide the Pumpkins Black & White – for teachers without color printers
Today I am posting a set of pumpkin Halloween and Thanksgiving worksheets in three different versions. Pumpkins are a healthy food as well as a traditional autumn decoration. Who can resist the giant orange fruit that is seen all over the landscape this time of the year?
These worksheets are for beginning students. One version is for piano keys and the other version has the nine notes on the staff around middle C. The staff version is also available in black and white for those of you without color printers.
If you plan to use the version with keyboards, be sure and check out the Pumpkin Keyboard Race which is a fun game for learning piano keys sitting on the bench. Also check out The Pumpkin Patch board game I posted last year that also reviews notes on the staff, and includes more notes than on today’s worksheets, including some ledger line notes. It also has keyboard cards for beginners, so it can be played with many levels of students.
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- This material may not be sold.
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Bunny Note Matching Worksheets
Maybe you remember the Bunny Bass Notes that I posted several years ago. Well, evidently my short attention span got the better of me and I never made one for the treble notes.
So, recently I decided to complete the set. While I was at it, I remade it from the ground up. I drew a new bunny, changed the fonts, and generally updated it. I also made black line (black and white) for those of you without color printers. My daughter tells me I should not say “black and white” because printers cannot print white. I know that, but old habits die slowly. So all you young whipper snappers, please don’t laugh at my old terminology. It dawned on me that some of my material is older (pre-Windows!) than the teachers who are using it! So I am going to continue to update my older material to bring it into the 21st century.
There are four pages, 2 in color and 2 in black line. Select the pages you want before you print them. If you don’t know how to do that, or if you have any trouble printing, please check out my FAQ’s above.
These printables have big staves and a big type face, so they are great for younger students. To save on printing, I suggest you put them into page protectors and use dry erase markers so you only have to print one copy. You can store them in a binder for use next year. However, I tried to design them so they don’t use a lot of ink so we can use them in our students’ binders.
I’ve posted a lot of Easter material over the years. Go to the free section, select older free resources, and start scrolling! You can also do a search on this page to find older material. There are hundreds of free printables of all kinds you can select from. Thank you so much for your very kind donations that help so much with the expenses for hosting this site!
I have a Valentine card treat for you today that you can give to your students next week!
This card will be the size of a half a sheet of computer paper when you print it and fold it in the middle. It is made to be printed on both sides of your paper. You will need to either use card stock or thicker paper so the print will not bleed through. Don’t even bother to print on 20# paper on both sides, unless you are just making a test print.
Also, it is in landscape orientation, which makes it harder to figure out how to print both sides. If you don’t know how to do that, practice with some scratch paper and write down how you did it, so you will not forget the next time you try it. Every printer I have used over the years is different.
Now I have a duplex printer and that really saves time and paper. I just have to remember to check “bind short side” when the document is in landscape orientation.
I have some envelopes that are the right size for this card, so I will use those. If you don’t want to buy envelopes, you can give it to students without one. You could even tie the cards with some red or pink curly ribbon.
The Sudoku game is the back of the card. [Edited: I accidentally left off “dotted half note” in the Sudoku game instructions. I have reposted the corrected file. If you have already printed it, please tell your students.] I made it very easy so even beginning students can do it. The note story on the inside might be hard for beginners, but suggest they use a cheat sheet if they need to. Of course, some students won’t do this, but it is the thought that counts!
I told my students I am going to put the results of our Line and Space Challenge (see my last post) inside the card. I am also going to include a little fun size bag of candy!
Happy Valentine’s Day!