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.
Alphabet Clothespin Matching Cards
I’ve used the little animal characters I designed to create a matching game for students who are learning the note names around middle C. Students take a clothespin and clip it on the matching letter on the staff. It’s fun, and something a little different. It’s not hard but I think it’s a good way for younger students to practice learning note names. I also made a version for pre-readers using keyboards. If there is enough interest I’ll post it.
If is funny that some children don’t know what clothespins are. I tell them how I was the person in the house who had to carry the clothes out in the back and hang them on the clothesline. And I was the one who had to run out real fast and take them down if it started raining. Their eyes seem to get big like they are sitting in the presence of a true pioneer woman, especially when I tell them I remember finally getting a washing machine when I was a little girl. When I was real young we lived in a small city and the laundry man came around and got our dirty laundry. One student asked me if I remember when cars were invented!
There are 3 pages of cards. Print them on sturdy card stock and laminate. If you can’t laminate, and you want them to last, cover with clear plastic, such as clear Contact™ paper.
A few years ago I gave a baby shower and one of the games used little mini-clothes pins. I still have them, and I’m trying to think of some way to use them. But they were too small for my young students to use, so I went into my laundry room and got these. Laundry rooms are nice, but in a way I miss those simpler times when I spent the summer dashing out in the backyard to bring in the clothes!
- To quickly identify the 9 notes around Middle C
- To work on eye-hand coordination
- To strengthen the fingers
- To enjoy a hands-on activity
- Children ages 5-8 who are learning to read note names
- Regular size clothespins
- Alphabet Clothespin Matching Cards, printed and cut out of card stock
- This activity is for one student, but can be modified for more than one
- The teacher gives the student the cards and a supply of clothespins
- The object is to attach the clothes pin under the correct name of the note on the staff
- As the students get better and know the notes, the game can be played with a timer
Why I like this game
- It does not require a lot of preparation
- It is fast and can be played in a few minutes
- It is something a little different for students but they recognize the characters
- It also helps to strengthen the fingers a little
Search and Find Bass F
Finally, the last of the Search and Find games. My students must be sick of them, and you probably are, too! Even if you don’t use them all, they really seem to help students learn how to identify notes. My student, who has been testing these out, asked if we could play the Ladybug Game instead. Since they are both very fast games, we played both! But I thought up more ways to use them so they don’t get so repetitious.
- One thing I did was download a few of them into Skitch, the iPad app, and had the student cross out all the notes that were not F. [Let me know if you need a tutorial. My last one is outdated.]
- I also played it that way as a board game with my magnetic chips. Instead of covering the F’s, we covered the notes that were not F.
- Another idea is to print out 2 copies, one for you and one for your student. Take turns drawing alphabet cards, and see who can cover the F’s first. To keep from having to print out a lot of letters, throw the letters you draw back into the pile to draw again. You can also play this with 2 students.
- A lot of students like to see how fast they can cover the notes, so I use a stop watch. This makes some students nervous, so I don’t do that with everyone.
- These printables can also be worksheets. Print out one copy and put it in a sheet protector. The student can circle notes with a dry erase marker, which works really well if you remember to erase it right away. I actually use the same sheet both ways, as a board game and as a worksheet, and I only had to make one copy.
This is the ninth printable in a series of “Search and Find” games. I have already posted Search and Find Middle C, Search and Find D, Search and Find E, Search and Find F, and Search and Find (treble) G, Search and Find bass A, Search and Find Bass B, and Search and Find G, so you can see why I’m pretty tired of Search and Find. However, I’m not finished with my animal characters, so look for them to reappear soon!
Coming up tomorrow, the academic calendar I post every year.
Search and Find Bass G
Well, I’m getting to the end of this series, and I have to say I am running out of ways to say the same thing. So please bear with me as I repeat the same thing!
This is the eighth printable in a series of “Search and Find” games. I have already posted Search and Find Middle C, Search and Find D, Search and Find E, Search and Find F, and Search and Find (treble) G, Search and Find bass A, and Search and Find Bass B. Rather than post the directions and objectives again, new readers can go here for Search and Find C and read up on how to play.
Coming up this week I will post the last Search and Find, and the really easy 2 note song for the note B.
Search and Find Bass A
Last week I posted the Alligator song to help learn bass A. Here is the Search and Find game to go along with it. Of all the songs like this I wrote, my students like the Alligator one the best!
I decided to change the layout for the bass clef notes. Allie the alligator is at the bottom. All the bass clef Search and Find games will use this new graphic layout with the new keyboard border I drew. I hope you like the change. Yes, I draw everything; all the clip art, borders, even the background textures. That’s why it takes me a while to get things posted.
This is the sixth printable in a series of “Search and Find” games. I have already posted Search and Find Middle C, Search and Find D, Search and Find E, Search and Find F, and Search and Find G. Rather than post the directions and objectives again, new readers can go here for Search and Find C and read up on how to play this game.
If you come up with a good idea to use with these Search and Find Games, be sure and leave a comment here, on Facebook, or even send me an email. I like to try different ideas because it keeps the games fresh for students!
Bass B Bear is coming soon. Can anyone guess what the bear will be doing? I asked my students and they all guessed correctly!