Saturday, March 3, 2012

Musical Twister Hopscotch!

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Children learn best using their entire bodies.  This game is a fun way to learn the names and beats of musical notes.

One of my daughters received the Twister Hopscotch game for one of her birthdays.  I just knew there was some way to use it in my music classes.  A bit later I found the perfect idea at Notable Music Studio.

Preparation:

Twister Hopscotch can be bought at any large retail store such as Walmart or Target.

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I used colored circle stickers on the spinner.  The colors match each of the circles from the game.  On each sticker I drew a note.
      quarter note-1 beat
      half note-2 beats
      dotted half note-3 beats
      whole note-4 beats

The rings for the hopscotch can be put together in a bunch of different ways.  I usually make a simple wiggly line with the colors all mixed up.

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How to Play:

Each child takes a turn spinning the spinner and saying the name and beat of the note on the sticker.  After that he can hop to the ring matching the color on the sticker.

Whoever reaches the last circle first is the winner!

We usually play several times so everyone gets a chance to win.  It is amazing how quickly the children learn the names and beats of each note.  I'm sure there are other versions that could be played with this concept.  Let me know if you think of any!

Have fun!

9 comments:

  1. Another great idea I can't wait to try! We have this game already and this will be a great way for Courtney to practice her notes. Thanks!
    Marcy

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    1. Cool! I'm glad you like it Marcy. Courtney has played it in class so she will know how to play when you make it at home!

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  2. Fun! This could work well in other subject areas too-- math facts or letter names are at the top of my head.

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    1. Definitely! This game could be played so many ways. Let me know if you try it!

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  3. This is very child friendly but educational. What fun your students must have during your lessons. Thanks so much for sharing! Carolyn

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! My students really love this game and do seem to have fun!

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  4. What a great way to practice beats! Kids love to move! You always have such great ideas!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Glad you like it!

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  5. This would also be a great way for students to learn the note names of lines and spaces.

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