Pot of Gold
I’ve been testing out my new elementary level St. Patrick’s Day game, Pot of Gold, and it is fast and fun! It is a board game, where students answer a music question, roll a die, and move their pawn.
This is a big file so it might take some time to download. There are 8 pages, including 6 pages of elementary level cards: keyboards, notes, vocabulary, intervals, and key signatures. If you like to print a colorful back to your game cards so they look more professional, I included that, too. Scroll through all the pages included in this file and only print what you want. If you don’t know how to print the back to the cards, check out the FAQ at the top of my blog.
However, there is a little secret to this game. It is very much like my Thanksgiving game, Chasing the Turkey. So if you have already printed the cards to that game and you are in a hurry or want to save ink, you can use the Chasing the Turkey cards. I made this set of cards because I like to keep the game boards and cards together so I can find them quickly.
I printed the game board on card stock and laminated it, but I did not laminate the cards. I separate the cards by level before we play. I store board games in folders with pockets that I buy on sale at the beginning of the school year. On the inside of the folder, I glue the rules of the game because I forget the rules!
One of my older students was watching his brother as we played. “Hey, you’re giving him the answers,” he said. Then he quickly said, “But I guess if you don’t, he won’t learn anything.”
“You’re exactly right,” I said. The purpose of this game is to learn, and if he doesn’t know the answer, I help him out so he will!”
- To review previously learned musical symbols, intervals, key signatures, the notes of middle C position, and some music vocabulary words.
- To enjoy a seasonal game.
- Grades 1-4, using the appropriate cards for the concepts students have learned.
- Game board.
- Cards printed with various musical symbols and terms.
- One die.
- On pawn for each player.
- The game can be played with two or more players.
- Print the game board and cut out the cards.
- Each player puts his token on the game board. The first player draws a card and answers the question. If he doesn’t know the answer, give him hints until he gets it correct.
- Then he rolls the die and moves the number of spaces on the die. If he lands on a circle with instructions, he follows the instructions, such as taking a short cut, or moving back to Start.
- The game continues in the same way with the other players.
- When playing with a pre-school child, let him win most of the games so he will want to play again.
- The first player to reach the Pot of Gold is the winner.
Celebrate Note Naming Game
Celebrate! Note Game all started when I decided to update my New Year’s game. Then I started thinking that it would be a lot more useful if I changed it into a birthday game! What is more fun than celebrating birthdays! I’ve always wanted a game I could pull out the week of a student’s birthday. But I tested this game with my students when it wasn’t their birthday, so now I realize you can play this game anytime! Everyone likes to think about birthdays. My students helped me with the reward/penalty cards, and I hope your students enjoy them as much as mine did.
To make it easier on all my dear teacher friends, and, I have to admit, myself, I color coded the note levels. The yellow stars are for beginners who are learning the notes in middle C position and the blue cards contain the rest of the notes on the grand staff. The green cards have the difficult ledger line notes that always cause students to stumble. So you can even use the ledger line version of this game at group lessons with your older students. Let’s face it, high school students don’t really want to play games with the teacher, but with a group it’s different.
There are so many ways you can play this. Every time we tested it out here in my studio, we changed around the rules. I am going to list a few ways to play, and please feel free to take it from there. And if you come up with a version your students enjoyed, leave a comment here to share with other teachers. Email me if you don’t understand the directions.
- Celebrate! game board.
- Star cards cut into circles, including the levels you wish to use and the reward/penalty star cards.
DIRECTIONS FOR STUDENT/TEACHER: SHORT VERSION
- Print only one copy of the game board. You and your student will use the same game board.
- Place the note cards and the reward/penality cards in a container. Use the level of cards that are appropriate for your student.
- Each player will chose a color of star to cover. For example, the student will cover the yellow stars on the board, and the teacher will cover the blue stars.
- Players take turns closing their eyes and drawing a card from the container.
- After drawing a card, the player identifies the note and places the card on his color star on the game board.
- If young beginners do not get the note correct, help them out. The idea is to learn notes, not win. This depends on the age of the student, of course.
- The object of the game is to cover all of one color of stars on the game board.
DIRECTIONS FOR STUDENT/TEACHER OR GOUP: LONGER VERSION
- Print one game board for each player.
- Print note cards with the ratio of one page per player. The cards can be all the same color (such as all yellow or all green) or a mixture of levels.
- Play the game as above, but the object is to cover all the stars (both colors) on the game board.
To review the names of notes on the staff.
Musical Christmas Lights
Musical Christmas Lights is an update of my old Christmas game. This is a bingo-type game for students who can identify notes up to sixteenth notes. The remainder of the symbols are from beginning to about level 2.
I remade it using a lot less ink. I also remade all the graphics so they looked fresher, and added a fermata to the game! For teachers who have to use black ink only printers, I made a black and white version.
Before you print, be aware that you don’t need to print both the color and black and white versions. If you don’t know how to select individual pages to print, please check out my FAQ.
- Musical Christmas Lights printable
- Calling cards for the teacher
- 20 bingo chips for each Christmas tree printable used (I use the Magnetic Wand and Bingo Chips from Amazon).
- Crayons or colored pencils for the black and white version
Directions for color version
- Print only the colored Christmas trees. Use as many individual cards as you need. If you have more than 6 students, group some on the same card.
- Print and cut out the teacher calling cards.
- Optional: Do not cut out the calling cards. Simply print and call out the symbols and put a check by the ones you have called.
- To help children find the symbols quickly, call the color and the symbol, such as “Red, quarter note.”
- The student covers the symbol on his card.
- The first student who covers all the symbols wins.
Directions for black and white version
- Print the black and white cards and the teacher calling card page.
- With the printable open on your computer monitor to the teacher calling card page, use it as a guide to label the color of each symbol on your black and white version of the teacher calling cards.
- Color the lights on the cards using the teacher calling cards as the guide to the colors.
- For a classroom, make a copy for each student. Tell the students or write on your whiteboard the color each symbol should be colored.
- Play the game using the directions for the color version, or create your own rules.
To review basic music vocabulary and symbols.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and you are ready to teach again. In my studio, we will be playing some fun theory games!
Today I am posting a winter season bingo game. If you have already printed out my previous Christmas bingo game, you probably don’t want to print this one. The art is different, but the bingo game is the same. This game can still be played in January, and it uses less ink. I am gradually remaking many of my printables to use less ink, which should make teachers happy!
Speaking of printing, if you have a color printer that will print “borderless”, that is, printing with no margins, this is a good printable for that because I made it with no margins. However, most of my other printables have a 1/2 inch border, and you cannot use them with borderless printing. Only use the borderless setting on PDF’s that are made without a border around the edges.
Some printers will not let you select borderless unless you also select the “photo paper” setting in your printer dialog box. Go ahead and choose the photo paper setting even if you use card stock. Also, most printers do not print borderless if they are also printing duplex (printing both sides), so remember that for other projects.
- Bingo Cards
- One or more pages of calling cards, printed and cut out.
- Bingo chips
- Container to hold calling cards
- Players take turns drawing cards and covering the correct note, closing their eyes as they draw.
- Return the calling card to the container after each turn.
- If a wild card is drawn, it can be placed on any note.
- The first player to cover all the notes on the board is the winner.
- Alternately, with a group, the teacher can draw and call the notes.
- To review notes on the grand staff.
- To improve speed in identifying notes.
Bats and Cats Note Game
Wow, this graphic really is over the top! I illustrated it this way so I could show the “Card of Doom” in Pinterest. We’ve been playing the game in my studio, and my students love the Card of Doom, especially since the teacher is usually the one who draws it! Honestly, it’s good that I love for my students to win because somehow they usually do!
We have really enjoyed this game. Even beginning students who have not learned to read notes can play by using a staff chart such as Halloween Notes on a Staff. If your students are getting ready for a theory exam, this is a great review for that, too.
Included in this set are 3 pages of notes on staves, one page of fun instruction cards to mix up with the note cards, a game board, and an optional colorful back for your cards, which make them look more professional. Be sure to set your printer to landscape orientation. Yes, this uses a lot of ink, but you only have to print it once. If you want it too look really good, use photo paper and laminate it. [If you don't know how to omit the optional back to the cards, check out my FAQ.]
This game can be played with students or teacher and student. The players take turns drawing cards and moving to the correct alphabet name. Mix up the staff cards with the instruction cards. The game is over when a player draws any note card after the last D. It is such a quick game you can play more than once.
- To reinforce or learn note names on the staff
- To learn the word “octave”
- To play a fast Halloween board game
- Kindergarten to grade 4 or 5
I know some of you would like keyboard cards so you can play this with beginners. Email me and I’ll send a PDF copy to you. But give me a few days, because I don’t have them made yet. I didn’t think to add them to this set because I only have one beginner, and he knows the keys now. So we used the Halloween Notes on a Staff sheet, which he filled out himself, and I was surprised to see him learn a few note names as he played.