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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.”
If you have a group lesson coming up or you are looking for a Halloween game, here is one I posted a few years ago. I’m reposting it today in case you have forgotten about it. A lot of teachers think this game is just for beginners because the game board has only easy note values. But there are 3 sets of cards for this game, and each set gets progressively more difficult. The third set has 16th notes beamed with 8th notes which is in the 4th level books of most modern method books.
Print out just the levels you want to use. The first page has directions to the game, so there is no need to print that page on card stock. This game looks really lovely printed on photo paper, which I buy at Dollar Tree. At 8 pages for $1.00, it is very reasonable and really makes the color pop out. I also laminate the game board. Be sure to print out more than one page of the rhythm cards if you use this with a group.
[Last year I made a companion to this game, but for notes instead of rhythm. Students enjoy it, too, and I also made keyboard cards for beginners to use with it. You can find the note game here.]
Directions to Bats and Cats Rhythm Game
- Print two game boards, one for the student and one for the teacher. If playing with a group, print one game board for each student.
- Print out the bat rhythm cards on cards stock and cut them into squares. If playing with a group, print more cards. Using your printer’s settings, print the cards with the rhythms that are appropriate for your student and omit the rhythms the student has not learned.
- Divide the cards equally among the players or use a common stack for the cards, depending on how many cards you use.
- Players take turns drawing a card, counting the rhythm, and placing it over a corresponding rhythm on the game board. If a player draws a card with the corresponding rhythm already covered, place it in a discard pile to be shuffled and used again.
- The game is over when the first player covers all 9 squares.
[UPDATED: Now included keyboard cards.]
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.