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Pumpkin Music Math and Other Autumn Activities


Pumpkin Music Math

Today I am posting two Thanksgiving rhythm worksheets that you can start using right away.

My students seemed to know instinctively how to do these worksheets. Students add the quarter note in the middle to the patterns in each group and write the answer as a note in the blank. Try to remind them to use a note instead of a number. This way it is not as difficult to learn 6/8 meter later on.

Dotted notes are tricky to explain, but if you remind them that a dotted quarter note equals 3 eights (and keep reminding them), it makes it a lot easier.

  • “One and a half beats” is confusing to young students who may not have learned fractions in school.
  • “A dotted quarter note equals 3 eight notes” is easier to understand.

That is why the Kodaly method uses 3 eighth notes tied together to teach a dotted quarter note.

Are you looking for more autumn activities? Try these.

Hide the Pumpkins – a worksheet to identify notes and piano keys in several levels.

The Pumpkin Patch – a fast board game.

Kandy Key Signatures – students construct key signatures with candy corn. They can also draw them.

Pumpkin Notes – write the names of notes on the staff.

It’s October – 2 composing activities – on-the-staff composing and pre-reading composing.

Pumpkin or Leaves – a fun, very fast game using the piano keys to review or learn the names of piano keys.

For Thanksgiving games and worksheets, check out this link. 



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Hide the Pumpkins


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.

I hope you enjoy this material! By downloading these  free printables,  you agree to the following terms of use:

  • These printables are for your private use with piano students. 
  • The  files and printed copies may not be shared outside of your home or studio either electronically or any other method.
  • The files and/or graphics may not be posted on another internet site. Instead leave a link to this page. 
  • This material may not be sold. 
  • The art is also protected by copyright and may not be altered or used on other material. 

Thank you!  




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Funny Thanksgiving Food – B&W and Color

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Funny Thanksgiving Food Bundle

Maybe some of you are taking a trip on Thanksgiving, and want something to keep your children busy when they get tired of movies and computer games. There are also some home school Moms who can use this in a music lesson next week.

The printables I’m posting today are old, so if you have been following my blog for a while, you recognize them. After one reader alerted me on Facebook that the link was wrong in my Thanksgiving Round Up post, I decided to freshen them up and put them all together in one PDF for you. There are two versions, one for learning piano keys, and the other has the easier notes around middle C on the staff. Each one comes in B&W and color.

The pages in color were not meant to be printed out, but to be used on an iPad or Android. There are several child-friendly PDF annotating apps you can download for your device, such as Skitch, Jot, and Good Notes

However, if you want to print the color versions out, I suggest you print out just one copy of each. Put them into sheet protectors, and store them in a binder. Use page dividers to keep all the different printables organized, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Rhythm, etc. Use a dry erase marker on the printables, and you can use them over and over. If you leave the writing on the page too long it will not erase very well, so be sure to erase the marks before the end of the day. I got this tip from a teacher’s comment on my blog, and I think it’s a great way to save ink!

For those of you who do not know print out just one page of a PDF document, take at look at my FAQ here. Scroll down the page to find “How to Print on Both Sides of Flash Cards.” I give instructions on how to print just one page. If you want to know how to use Jot on your iPad, I wrote a tutorial here.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for the Jot tutorial, and I bought the Jot app myself. The free version of Jot will not work for this purpose. However, Skitch and the free version of Good Notes will work. If you want to save more than a couple of files on Good Notes, you will have to get the paid version. Skitch is a useful free app.

The black and white version is also fun to color on the iPad if you work one-on-one with a preschool child. If you find these iPad worksheets helpful, and want more, let me know!


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Save The Turkey – Keyboard Version

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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.


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