Here is a cheap, easy and FUN game for students of any level and works for any instrument!
- 1 RED party blowout for each student (I get an 8 pack at Dollar Tree or these work).
- Green Paper Frog Cutouts (I get mine at Dollar Tree or these work).
- Black Sharpie
- Frog Candies (I use these).
Each month I pick a theme or two and pull my materials and put in a small 3 bin craft organizer I keep in between my piano and bookshelf right next to my chair. I had all of these materials ready to go and it was a perfect pick for my last 2 students of the night who both had birthdays in the last week.
I made the game while they played Uptown Funk on Piano Maestro! I did notes and rests, 16ths through whole notes and a few assorted symbols. When I do this game at the summer camp I teach at, I make the flashcard frogs have symbols that correlate to the lesson. Last year I remember doing a lot of intervals on some frogs and dynamic markings too. You can do this game with a small or large group. Hand out the frogs and have the kids put them in a large circle, large enough so they can all sit in the middle. Have them face the frogs towards the middle of the circle. While they do that, I take the cardboard cutouts off the blowouts and write their name with sharpie on the tongue (germs!!!)
Then you tell them they are playing the kissing frogs game and they have to blow out their frog tongue and “kiss” the frog with the correct answer. If it’s a large group I’ll call out 2 possibilities on opposite sides so I don’t have a pileup on my hands! When I play games I love to keep score and then tear it up when we are done…and tell them that it’s not about who won the most points, because EVERYONE WON BECAUSE EVERYONE LEARNED SOMETHING! It’s a teacher thing. The mini rainbow frogs are a perfect treat because they are so tiny and cute and won’t get anyone hyper.
I gave my students the rest of the candies and the paper frogs to take home and play again they enjoyed it so much! If you want to make frogs durable, lamination is best.
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