Pumpkin Keyboard Race

Pumpkin or Leaves Keyboard Race

Pumpkin Or Leaves Note Race

If you are looking for a quick way for your beginning students to identify the names of the piano keys, look no further. There is nothing like a little friendly competition for students to quickly learn a concept. This game is quick, easy to set up, and fun for students of all ages. [This post was edited and the game revised in 2015]

This is the same game as  Shamrock Keyboard Race, which I use all year round. But since most students start piano lessons this time of the year, I decided it would be fun to have one with pumpkins and autumn leaves to get in the spirit of the season. I also made this same game with snowflakes to use in the winter and reindeer for Christmas.

Game Instructions

The teacher and student sit on the bench at each end of the piano. Each player has one set of cards and one token. The first player draws a card and moves his token to that piano key, the closest to the end of the piano. The second player does the same. Play continues with each player drawing a card and moving his token toward the middle of the keyboard. The game is over when one player passes the middle of the keyboard.

I like to use colored erasers as tokens for games on the piano keys. The ones that fit on the ends of pencils make great tokens for this game, come in lots of colors and you can buy a large assortment for about $1.00 this time of year.

Have fun!

The teacher and student sit on the bench at each end of the piano. Each player has one set of cards and one token. The first player draws a card and moves his token to that piano key, the closest to the end of the piano. The second player does the same. Play continues with each player drawing a card and moving his token toward the middle of the keyboard. The game is over when one player passes the middle of the keyboard.

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9 Responses to Pumpkin Keyboard Race

  1. carol dawn

    I bet that the children would choose the pumpkins and, lo and behold, every single child chose the pumpkins over the leaves!! Perhaps because I featured it with Halloween songs.

    I found a little pumpkin as the one marker and a little acorn for the marker for the leaves.

    Used with beginners (helped them with finding the next possible note with that name) and also as a reward for those who did really well (this one is chosen more often than any other game)!!

    Thanks!!

  2. carol dawn

    Susan, any chance of a H pumpkin??

  3. Lauren Bright

    Can you post some Christmas sheet music for preschool beginners?

  4. Susan, I just want to let you know how much your resources are helping me! I am so grateful for your time and energy. I’ve started teaching a few less-serious students in a group setting entirely (I’ve always incorporated group classes with my private students) and your games have been wonderful! Thanks so much for all that you make available to other teachers.

  5. Susan,

    You are so talented!!! This is great for my beginners. Thank you so much.

  6. Joyce

    Can you tell me where you buy these erasers? I’ve been looking for them, but unable to find them!

    • susanparadis

      Joyce, are you asking about the cute little collectable erasers that look like bears and ducks? They are from Japan and you can buy them at toy stores and sometimes hobby/craft stores, such as Michaels. You can also buy them online.

      For this game, however, I use the plain old “end of pencil erasers” that you can buy at the grocery store and any place that sells inexpensive school supplies, such as Walmart. They come in packs of different colors.

      Let me know if you need some more help!

      Susan