The first game we played was our Jumbo Shut the Box! Shut the Box is a favorite game in our studio and when I made it a jumbo game, it became an immediate hit! The directions are the same as the original game described in a previous post here. I made jumbo musical dice out of boxes and duct tape (instructions found here.).
A laminated game board, 2 dice per team and a whiteboard marker is all you need!
Fun, fun, fun!
After drilling them on note values, we went inside, had a snack and went to work on our note identification! I used a bit of a different twist just for fun. I set up the Apple TV in the studio, used flashcards and my iPad. Instant hit!! I simply divided them up in teams - in our case, girls against boys - and showed each member a flashcard. If they could name the note correctly, they were able to add a "part" to Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head - a very fun app on the iPad.
As you can see...they got a bit silly with it! Arms in eye holes, noses in ear holes, etc. All the more fun though!
here. For this game, I changed it up and assigned the colors as follows:
PURPLE - Name an excuse as to why you don't practice!
ORANGE - Give an idea that helps you practice!
GREEN - Name a strategy that helps you polish a piece!
I had purchased "My Practice Stache" from Melody Payne. You can find it here. It is a fabulous set of tips to use while practicing. Using her ideas, I put together a set of my own for my studio kids using 20 tips (the original set comes with 52) as a start. I gave each student one of these at the end of the lesson along with a die to go with 2 of the tips and a challenge for them to use them throughout the week. This great resource is available in her store and is currently on sale!
Oh and the question??!! At the very end, I said, "I mustache you a question!" When they yelled, "What?", I said "Did you have fun today!" A resounding "Yes!" was yelled back!