I had planned to have a group lesson in February, but because I got sick, I am rescheduling if for March. So, we just have to have something related to St. Patrick's Day, right? Here's how I plan to use them. I'm going to turn them all over (notes & rests facedown) on the table and give my students a specific time signature and the number of measures they need to build (For example, 3/4 time and 3 measures). Each player starts by picking 10 shamrocks out of the pile and placing them face up in front of them. Each player takes a turn trying to build measures with the shamrocks they have. If they use 4 shamrocks to build a measure, but cannot build anymore, their turn is over. They take 4 more shamrocks from the pile and then the next player goes. The first player who can build the specified number of measures correctly, wins. This will also give us a good opportunity to talk about full measures and making sure that we give each note and rest it's full beat.
I plan to use some painted letters I already had to remind students of the time signature. It should be a fun game and the shamrocks are just the right size for little fingers!
Easy storage as well! The cost? About $1.30 (yes...I had a coupon!)!