Steal A Heart Game
I created this game about five years ago for a group class I had near Valentine’s Day. It was an older group with middle school and high school age students. I told them it was a game to test them on the dreaded ledger line notes! But I also included all the notes so I could use it with more students.
They had a lot of fun playing it, stealing the same cards back and forth and trying to figure out the really hard ledger lines. They laughed a lot and I was glad that I had a game this group enjoyed.
There were really only two problems with this game in the original form:
- It used a whole lot of red ink.
- I could never remember the rules!
With that in mind and with Valentine’s coming up, I remade it. I cut the amount of red ink by about 80%. If you don’t want to use all the difficult ledger line cards, you don’t have to print them because they are on a separate page. And the game directions are included in the PDF file, so you can print them and keep it with the game.
I hope these revisions will encourage more teachers to try it. It works well with any age student and it is lots of fun.
It can also be modified for use in a private lesson.
- To review the names of notes on the grand staff.
- To learn identify ledger line notes in the bass and treble staves.
- Print a game board for each player.
- Print and cut the small note cards along the dotted lines.
- Place a stack of the little heart cards face down in reach of everyone.
- The first player draws a card, names the note, and places the card on an empty heart on his/her game board.
- Give students time to figure out the note.
- If a student draws a “Steal a Heart” card, he may take a heart card from the game board of the person on his right, but he must name the note he is stealing.
- If he draws a “Be Mine” card, he puts it over a card he has already placed on his board to protect it, and then draws another card. The other players cannot steal a card that is “protected” with the “Be Mine” card.
- If the player draws a “Give my Heart” card, he gives one of his cards to the player on his right, who must name the card before he can accept it.
- Feel free to modify the rules or change the way the game is played.
Firefighter Finger Numbers
This is an activity for those of us who teach young children or for parents who want to give their children a head start in learning piano.
I made this for a 4-year-old who loves anything related to firemen. I wanted an activity he would enjoy that would be a good way to reinforce finger numbers. Thanks to this game, his confidence has soared because it is now easy for him.
In addition to finger numbers, this activity helps children learn the meaning of the symbols RH and LH as well as to learn to distinguish their right and left hands.
I printed my cards on magnetic printer sheets but you can also use card stock. The magnetic sheets are kind of pricey, so shop around and see if you can use a coupon. Mine came in a sample pack, so I wanted to try them out. You might want to try printing them on card stock and using magnetic strips you can buy at craft stores. Disclaimer: My magnetic cards are a little difficult for young students to use until they get used to how thin they are. I remove them from the cookie sheet and hand them to the children until they learn how. Standing them up on the sides of the cookie sheet helps.
- The free Firefighter Finger Numbers printable, printed on card stock or magnetic printer sheets
- Cookie tin or magnetic surface, optional
- Print out both pages of Firefighter Finger Numbers and cut them into individual squares.
- The student will match the finger with a dot on the “glove” with the correct number on the firefighter “hat.”
- Place all the cards in view, so that the young child can see them and select the correct card.
- The student will learn faster if he says the finger number out loud as he works.
- If the student is capable, (older) play a memory game with the cards. If you do this activity, do not use all the cards, because otherwise it is too difficult for the intended age group.
- To visually match a finger number to the correct finger on the left or right hand
- To recognize the printer symbols LH and RH as right hand and left hand
- To identify a picture of a hand as a left or right hand.
- Early childhood, age 4 to first grade
If you need more material for learning right and left hands and finger numbers, check out Colorful Hands, Finger Numbers for Beginners, and Colorful Fingers.
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