[Updated: To make it easier, all the Animal Alphabet Search & Find pages are now in two bundles. Bass B to treble G are in bundle 1, and Bass C up to A (below middle C) are in bundle 2. There are 12 pages total.]
A few weeks ago I posted about teaching preschool children how to read notes away from the piano, one note at a time. Obviously if a child has not been taught to read in school yet, they cannot learn notes by FACE or Every Good Boy Does Fine! They can’t spell! But middle C is easy to learn by sight because it is right in the middle of the grand staff. Learning one note gives students confidence that they will be able to learn all the notes!
Today I am posting a very easy bingo-type game to review middle C on the staff. Actually, I am making a several games exactly like this, with different animals, to go with the notes around middle C, so watch for them very soon.
Some teachers worry about the cost of printing their own material. I admit this can be a problem because some home printers are real ink hogs. This fall, consider charging a yearly fee for the cost of ink and paper. Parents won’t mind when they see how much using off the bench activities adds to piano lessons.
- Search and Find C (free printable from my website)
- Magnetic bingo chips to use with a magnetic wand, or other game tokens you have on hand
- Print the game board
- Place bingo chips next to the game board
- Instruct the student to find and cover all the middle C’s
Directions for other ways to use the game
- Play using a timer and make it a game to see how fast the student can cover the middle C’s.
- Laminate the game board or place into a sheet protector and let the students circle the middle C’s with a dry erase marker.
- Print a copy for the student’s binder and ask the student to circle all the C’s with their favorite color crayon.
- Hand the student note flash cards (such as the Fly Flash Cards) one at time. If the card is a C, they cover it with a bingo chip. After they see the card, they give it back so you will have enough C’s to cover them all.
- To learn how to visually identify middle C on the staff
- To improve fine motor skills in the fingers by picking up the small game tokens
- Preschool and early elementary ages
Why I like this activity
- It is fast and easy and does not take much time in a piano lesson.
- The C on the graphic is also the animal that I use to teach C on the keyboard.
- Students like it.
- The printable can be used more than one way.