Halloween Board Game – 7 page file includes staff flash cards, keyboard flash cards, and back for cards
One of the reasons I started making my own games years ago is because I couldn’t find any affordable games for piano students that could be played in 5 minutes. I need games that don’t take longer than going through flash cards.
After I made the LadyBug game and discovered how much students like it yet how well it helps students learn notes, I started making variations of it for different times of the year. [If you would prefer some Fall games without the Halloween theme, you will find them on the Halloween/Autumn page here. I’ve also made a lot of Thanksgiving games.]
But I added a twist to this version: The Card of Doom!
I originally posted this several years ago without the keyboard flash cards which are posted above in a separate file. You can use the other cards along with it. When I plan to use this game I post a sign on my door that says, “Beware the Card of Doom.” Of course my students know it’s just a joke.
The original file contains 7 pages:
- The board game
- The keyboard flash cards
- Three pages of flash cards
- Fun directional cards, including the Card of Doom
- The optional colorful back
How to Print
- Download and save the file.
- For a fabulous looking game board, use photo paper and laminate.
- Insert photo paper to print the game board. When the print box opens up, under “Pages to Print” select “Pages.” In the dialog box, type “1” because you are only printing the first page. Set it aside to dry.
- Insert card stock to print the cards. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” again and type “2-6.” If you can only print one page of card stock at a time, type a different number for each page.
- To print the optional back of the flash cards, re-insert the printed card pages so that you will be printing on the back. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” and type “7” because it is the 7th page that has the colorful back. [To keep from wasting ink, be sure you know how to do this. See my FAQ. ]
This game can be played with students only, or teacher and student. The players take turns drawing cards and moving to the correct alphabet name. Mix up the note cards with the instruction cards. The game is over when a player draws any note card after the last D. I try to make sure the students win more than they lose, so sometimes I have to get creative!
- To reinforce or learn note names on the staff
- To learn the word “octave.”
Compound Meter Bingo Boards [print in landscape orientation]
Rhythm Bingo Compound Calling Cards [print in portrait orientation]
One of my students looked wistfully at a game I had out and sighed real big. He said, “I know, I’m getting older and can’t be playing games like I used to.” He looked so pitiful and sad. I have to remind myself that games make learning theory more fun for all ages, not just my younger students. Take rhythms in 6/8, for example. Just about every student needs some extra help with compound meter. In this game there are plenty of 16th notes and rests to challenge students in 3/8, 6/8, and 9/8 time signatures. If your older students are taking a music theory test this spring, here is a good way to review rhythm for the test.
Teachers are always telling me I don’t make anything for older students. Actually I do, but material often gets hidden inside the files and becomes hard to find. I’m going to try to make the intermediate material easier to find, if I can think of a way. I have a new search category, “Older Students” but it will take me time to go back through all my posts and add it, so be patient. Suggestions are always welcome!
By the way, the 3/8 time signature is not compound meter but simple meter. However, I needed another row and it was either 3/8 or 12/8, so I went with 3/8.
Print the game boards on card stock in landscape orientation and laminate, if desired. Print the calling cards on perforated business card stock for 2 x 3.5 sized business cards.
- To review rhythm patterns in 3/8, 6/8, and 9/8 time signatures
- Older students who have been introduced to the time signatures and 16th notes and rests in the game
Number of Players
- Two to six players, plus the teacher to draw and play the rhythm cards
- Game may also be played by one student and teacher
- Game board and rhythm card printables
- At least 9 bingo tokens for each player
- Print the game boards on card stock in landscape orientation. Laminate.
- Print the calling cards on perforated 2 x 3.5 business card stock in portrait orientation. Separate or cut the cards.
- Mix the cards up so that the time signatures are mixed evenly.
- Give each player a Bingo board card and tokens.
- The teacher draws a calling card, tells the students which time signature it is, and plays the rhythm.
- If the student has the rhythm, he covers it with his token.
- The game proceeds with the teacher drawing cards and playing the rhythms.
- The first player to cover all the squares on his board is the winner.
- To play with student and teacher, each player takes turns drawing and tapping the rhythm on the card. If that rhythm is on his card, he covers it with a token.
Why I Like This Game
- It is a good game for group lessons with teens.
- Students like Bingo games and this give them rhythm confidence.
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Step and Skip Game
I posted a new game on my web site today. The objective is for students to quickly learn to identify steps and skips on the staff. The cards that go along with the game can also be used as step, skip, and repeat flash cards.
I had fun making this game. I only used 2 colors, blue and green, but I think the students will like it. I have blue and green markers for the students to circle steps and skips in their music.
I found some blue and green iridescent stones to use as game pieces and I’m going to put some glitter on the game board with my glitter pens.
There are other ways to play this game. One way is to use musical alphabet cards, am I have posted several of those on my website. You can also use it for ear training and play steps and skips.