On Pinterest, I saw an idea for a sight-word game called BANG, and decided I could make a musical version.
I tried it out with my students at our Piano Party last Saturday, and it was a hit. The BANG! cards add an element of fun to an otherwise ordinary flashcard drill.
Gameplay: Each student draws a card from the box on their turn. If they answer the card correctly, they get to the keep the card. If they draw a BANG! card, they must return all their cards to the box. The student with the most cards at the end is the winner.
I created my BANG! box using an empty Kleenex box, which I “decorated” by covering it with duct tape. Now, it is both cool-looking and durable. :)
For the cards, I used the same set of rhythm cards that I used at my camps last summer (the pdf download is available here in my ColorInMyPiano shop, if you are interested). I printed my Level 1 cards so that one side has the rhythms with eighth notes, and the other side does not — which was perfect, because I was working with a group of students that were beginners through late elementary. I told the older students to clap the side with the eighth notes.
Next, you will need to create some BANG! cards that are the same size/shape as the rhythm cards you are using. I made a pdf of BANG! cards that you can download for free, designed to match the size of the rhythm cards available in my shop. Visit the Printables > Games page, and scroll down to the B’s for “BANG! Rhythm Game.”
That’s it! Now you are ready to play. This game is best for groups of 4-6 students. If you have a larger group of students, I would suggest splitting the students into two groups to prevent students from having to wait too long between turns.
This game doesn’t have to be for rhythm cards. You can throw ANY kind of flashcard in the BANG! box, like note-naming flashcards or my free Piano Key Naming Flashcards (click here and scroll down halfway). Just make sure the BANG! cards don’t feel or look too different from your flashcards — or your students might be able to avoid them! :)