About year ago, Sheryl Welles posted on her blog about a “Twister Hopscotch” game that she modified into a wonderful music game. Basically, all you have to do is use Avery circle stickers of some kind to make the spinner into a music spinner with rhythmic note values.
Here’s how the game works: In advance, set up the circles into a chain around the room. Students take turns spinning the spinner. If they correctly identify the name of the note value they spin AND correctly state the number of beats that note value receives, they may move that many steps forward on the circles (I call it a “life-sized gameboard”). If they answer the name or the number of beats incorrectly, they do not get to move forward that turn. The first student to reach the end of the game board wins. I call this game “Musical Hopscotch.”
My homeschool music class students LOVED playing this game, and it was a great way to drill the note values that they learned last week. I’m always amazed at the effectiveness of any game that involve any kind of movement!! I can’t think of a better way to drill note values with groups of young ages than with this game.
Since I had the circles set up in my living room already, I also used the “life-sized game board” with my other class, the Piano Readiness Class. Students took turns identifying notes on the staff using flashcards (you don’t use the spinner for this), and we used the gameboard as a way determine the winner instead of keeping points. I love that this game is so versitile! (THANK YOU, SHERYL!)
If you are unable to find Twister Hopscotch in stores, you can order it on Amazon (click here).