Category Archives: Preschool Music Resources

Save The Turkey – Keyboard Version

SaveTheTurkeyKeyboardVersionSave the Turkey_Keyboard Version

Mr. Turkey here. My boss, Susan Paradis, made another version of the popular game, Save the Turkey. I think it’s a great game, because what’s better than a turkey? By better, I mean handsome and smart, not tasty. Anyways, play this game just like the other Save the Turkey games, which I don’t have time to link to. But you can do a search and find them.

I’ve noticed that when Susan plays this game with young children she does something odd.  Sometimes, if it is her turn, she tells them if they can run to the piano and play the key on her card, they can take her turn. And all this time I thought she knew her piano keys.  Maybe if she plays this game enough she will learn them! Meanwhile, she has to ask the children to help her out.

Click on the link (under my handsome picture!) to print the cards. There is only one page and it doesn’t use much ink. Take it from me, Mr. Turkey, this is a fast game that children love!


Shuffle the cards and put them in a stack on the table. Be sure the Turkey card is not near the top. The Skip a Turn cards should be evenly distributed. Player one draws a card and identifies the symbol.  As long as they answer the card correctly, they continue to draw until they draw a Skip a Turn card. Then the teacher (player 2) does the same thing. Whoever draws the Turkey card has “saved the turkey” and is the winner. The game is short, so the cards can be shuffled and played again.


Filed under Pre-reading, Preschool Music Resources, Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Pre-Reading Composing Sheet



Thanksgiving Thanks Pre-reading Version

Here is the pre-reading version of Thanksgiving Thanks, a composing sheet for beginners.

You might notice that I’m now putting my pre-reading sheets in portrait orientation. I finally decided to stop fighting having to turn their binder sideways. Continue reading


Filed under Composing Activities, Pre-reading, Preschool Music Resources, Thanksgiving

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


Filed under Halloween, Pre-reading, Preschool Music Resources

An October Composing Activity

Its October

It’s October, a Composing Activity

It’s October is a composing activity for early elementary and young beginning students. It has been a long time since I posted a composing activity and I have never posted one for this time of the year. The one I am posting today is easy enough for students who just started lessons.

Students can compose this on the black or white keys.  Below the rhythm there are some “leaves” for students to write in finger numbers to compose their melody.  Depending on the age, it might take more than one week, so take your time. Please feel free to use both hands. Each line can be labeled right or left hand. At first I had some of the stems going down, but I changed it so the young composer can make that decision!

This also helps students learn their finger numbers!


Filed under Composing Activities, Pre-reading, Preschool Music Resources

Finger Number Bingo

Finger Number BingoFinger Number Bingo

The little plastic hands on my game above are buttons from the sewing department at Walmart. I bought them thinking that I could use them for something. One of my students was so intrigued when he saw them sitting on my desk. He kept asking me when was I going to make a game to go with them, but I couldn’t think of one.  About the same time, a reader asked me if I could make a finger number bingo game, and “bingo”, I had my game! I also got to use my alphabet animals in the heading to help the students select their card.

Unfortunately, the game was not as easy to design as I thought. First of all, I can’t tell my left from my right easily.  I kept getting the hands mixed up! That should have given me a hint that this game was going to be harder for my students than I thought.

Well, when I tested it, all of my younger students, and slightly dyslexic me, had a lot of trouble deciding which hand was which.  I went right back to my computer and colored all the right hand finger numbers red and the left hand blue. That did help a lot! So when you print out the game, that’s the way it will look, not like the picture above.

I played the game differently with each age when I tested it. One fun way was to close our eyes and take turns calling out a hand, such as “left hand, 2nd finger.” Then we would both look at our board and see if we had it. I had to give my  preschool children a lot of guided help, and that was fine with them. The game is very quick, so we could play it over and over in just a few minutes. It is more fun for younger students if they beat the teacher. I have not tested this game in a group, but if any of you do, please leave a comment here to let me know how it goes!

There are two pages to this PDF, each with 2 bingo cards, so up to 4 can play, or you can switch cards each time.


  • To identify piano finger numbers
  • To identify left and right hand
  • To enjoy a hands-on activity


  • Children ages 5-8


  • Finger Number Bingo Cards,  printed on card stock and laminated or covered in clear vinyl, and cut out
  • Bingo chips or tokens to use as bingo chips


  • This activity is for one student, but can be modified for more than one.
  • Play like a regular bingo game, calling out the hand and finger number. Players cover the correct answer with a token.
  • Younger students and students who have trouble with left and right will need a lot of guided help, so modify the game.

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 can be modified according to the age and ability of the student


Filed under Games, Group lesson ideas, Preschool Music Resources