Lady Bug Game Board
LadyBug Game Cards
This is one of my favorite games. It’s fast and fun and I think it’s a good game to play this time of year. I’ve revised it and remade the keyboard cards.
- I suggest printing the colorful game board on photo paper and then laminating it so the colors really come to life. It can also be taken to an office shop. MTNA members, use Office Depot/Max and receive a big discount.
- Before you print the cards, decide which pages you want to use. Please don’t print all the pages at once because the last page is the optional backs.
- Print on card stock. They do not have to be laminated.
- There are 5 pages of cards.
- Pages 1-3 are notes on the staff.
- Page 4 has keyboard cards.
- Page 5 is the optional back of the cards. After printing the cards on pages 1-4, insert the pages back into your printer to print the back of the cards. Please see my FAQ for a tutorial on how to do this.
- This game can be played with students or teacher and student.
- Each player has a token.
- The cards are placed face down next to the game board.
- The first player draws a card and moves their token forward along the path to the closest letter that matches the note on their card.
- The next player draws and moves in the same way.
- The game is over when someone draws a card that takes them to the last G or any note after the last G at the end of the path.
- There are many games you can play with this game board. Use your own ideas and I hope you have fun!
- To learn the music alphabet.
- To learn to recognize notes on the grand staff or keys on a piano keyboard.
- To reinforce learning steps and skips.
- Early childhood and elementary ages.
Why I like this game
- It’s fast, under 3 minutes, students always like it.
- Children learn faster if they are having fun.
- It’s a great game for beginners to learn piano key names.
- The game is so fast, you can play more than once.
Mothers Day Composing Activity
Originally posted in 2008, I’ve revised the art and words, and put both the pre-reading and on-the-staff versions in the same file. They use less ink, too. Print only the version you want and save paper!
If you have trouble printing these, please save them to your desk top or in any file and the file. If you subscribe to this blog, don’t try to print from the email that you receive from WordPress. Also, if you have upgraded to Windows 10, you might not be able to open my files unless you make some changes. Check out my FAQ for more help.
Some students take meticulous care in writing their melody. Others dash it off as just one more thing they have to hurry through! Some like to add words and others want to change my rhythm all around. It’s interesting to watch their reaction and it’s fine with me! My rule is that it has to end on the tonic to work with my melody.
If you’ve never seen this kind of composing sheet, here is a quick tutorial.
- Use any 5-finger position.
- Sing the first 8 measures.
- Clap and count the rhythm of the last 8 measures until they know it well.
- Students write in the finger numbers they want to use inside the flower pictures. Be sure to use pencil! A good composer is always revising!
- Optional: Laminate and add a bow as a Mother’s Day present!
- Follow the same directions as above, except students write their melody on the staff.
- Students who are more advanced like to write in chords or notes in the l.h. and melody in the right.
- Beginning students limit their melody to the right hand in C position.
- Explain a good sounding melody often will end on the 5th note of the scale in measure 12 and the tonic key note in the last measure. This is a great opportunity to discuss how to write a good melody.
More Ornament Notes
Today I am posting another Christmas interval worksheet. I made it to help students recognize seconds, thirds, and fifths. This worksheet words very well on an iPad also, because all the student has to do is add a check to the correct answer. I think I have time to make another one before group lessons next week that will include all the intervals, so check back.
Also, I want to thank my readers for your wonderful support of my trio arrangement of Carol of the Bells. I am overwhelmed with gratitude! I wrote it because there is a need for simple trios that can be learned with very little practice for a program or group lesson. If your students are playing this I would love it if you would go to my store, select it, and add a review!
If you are looking for all my free music you can find a link to it all here. Christmas Music
If you’re looking for the golden oldie material I made before 2013, use this link. You will find games, worksheets, and printables. Christmas Material before 2013
FYI, this is my original website. At the top you can select worksheets, games, teacher aids, or music. At the bottom, there are tiny numbers to go to the rest of the pages. I’ve been trying to get my web master to fix that! Be prepared for a lot of scrolling! 🙂
Editable Binder Cover
Today I am posting a binder cover that you can personalize by typing directly on the PDF before you print it. It’s kind of clunky, but I’m sharing it anyway because it can be a real time saver. The editing part is kind of a hidden feature that you don’t have to use.
- Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader. (This is the same free program you probably use to print all of my material.)
- There are two text fields. (See the arrows above where I wrote Zachary and Piano Binder. You do not have to use my wording.)
- I formatted the text fields to be centered so you will be starting in the center of each field.
- Select “Highlight Existing Fields.” This will show you where to type.
- You should see a large blinking cursor.
- Type any text you desire, but it has to fit in the field. Adjust your wording to fit because to my knowledge you cannot adjust the size.
- If you have trouble seeing the blinking cursor, using the graphic above as a guide, click in the middle of where I typed.
- If you can’t get it to work use the method I mentioned in my last post.
Adobe Reader does not let you change fonts, size, and color to the best of my knowledge. Adobe designed the program to be used for filling out forms, not for designs! Maybe there is a way I don’t know about!
This makes a nice binder front or back for a new student. It matches the calendar I posted last week.
If you like editable PDF’s, let me know and I can make some more in the future.