It’s not too late to play a Valentine music game or play some Valentine music. All of the material in this post are listed here on my page of free Valentine activities.
If you have middle or high school group lessons or a Valentine’s Day party, try this really fun Valentine game, Steal A Heart. I remade it a few years ago so that it is ink friendly. My teens love this game. Ledger line notes are included, but you don’t have to use them.
Valentine Card Rhythm Hunt is a fast game you can play with beginners who are learning rhythm. I’ve made this game for every holiday, so if you don’t get to play it now, check out the other versions.
There is a 4 page (folded) Valentine’s card with a note story and a sudoku rhythm game. This makes a nice card to give students the week of February 14.
If you want to see more Valentine music activities, check out my Valentine page! There are links to some Valentine music, too.
Lady Bug Game Board
LadyBug Game Cards
This is one of my favorite games. It’s fast and fun and I think it’s a good game to play this time of year. I’ve revised it and remade the keyboard cards.
- I suggest printing the colorful game board on photo paper and then laminating it so the colors really come to life. It can also be taken to an office shop. MTNA members, use Office Depot/Max and receive a big discount.
- Before you print the cards, decide which pages you want to use. Please don’t print all the pages at once because the last page is the optional backs.
- Print on card stock. They do not have to be laminated.
- There are 5 pages of cards.
- Pages 1-3 are notes on the staff.
- Page 4 has keyboard cards.
- Page 5 is the optional back of the cards. After printing the cards on pages 1-4, insert the pages back into your printer to print the back of the cards. Please see my FAQ for a tutorial on how to do this.
- This game can be played with students or teacher and student.
- Each player has a token.
- The cards are placed face down next to the game board.
- The first player draws a card and moves their token forward along the path to the closest letter that matches the note on their card.
- The next player draws and moves in the same way.
- The game is over when someone draws a card that takes them to the last G or any note after the last G at the end of the path.
- There are many games you can play with this game board. Use your own ideas and I hope you have fun!
- To learn the music alphabet.
- To learn to recognize notes on the grand staff or keys on a piano keyboard.
- To reinforce learning steps and skips.
- Early childhood and elementary ages.
Why I like this game
- It’s fast, under 3 minutes, students always like it.
- Children learn faster if they are having fun.
- It’s a great game for beginners to learn piano key names.
- The game is so fast, you can play more than once.
This is a remake of a very old game because I wanted to add a page of 6/8 rhythms and also update the art. This is a very fast activity with very simple instructions and good for older students.
There are 3 pages in this PDF. The cards have one beat missing in a measure and students have to identify the missing note.
Have you ever had an adult tell you they took music for years and never learned how to figure out rhythms? This happens not only to students who take performing classes such as band and choir, but also students in private lessons. Many times we think our students can count when actually they are just really good at learning rhythm by ear. This game will identify students who need some extra help.
One of the cards in 4/4 time is missing a dotted quarter note. I’m just letting you know so you can pull that card if you wish. Or you can do what I do; just go ahead and tell them a dotted quarter plus eighth equals a half note. Later on you can teach it in detail. Sometimes we hold our students back because they have not progressed to a certain page in a method book.
- To review 4/4 meter
- To review 6/8 meter
- To reinforce counting rhythm
- Shamrock Rhythms game board, printed on card stock
- Rhythm cards printed on perforated business card paper or card stock
- Place the cards upside down near the game board. The student will draw a card and place it on the note or notes that are missing in the measure.
- If a quarter note is missing from a measure in 4/4 time, students may put it on either 2 eights or the quarter note.
- Use your phone clock and time the student.
- Print more game boards and cards and use at a group lesson.
- Use as a file folder activity.
- Hand draw extra cards.
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.