Bats and Cats Rhythm Game

My students have been enjoying this Halloween rhythm game lately and I thought your students might like it, too. It is fast, and can be played the last 5 minutes of a lesson. The cards span several ability levels, so it is appropriate for  all elementary age students.  It is helpful for students to recognize that a dotted quarter + eighth equals a half note, and I think this game helps that concept. Beginning students enjoy using the first page with the easy rhythms.

The object of Bats and Cats is to match the ‘bat” card with a corresponding note or rest on the game board. This game works with one student and teacher, or it can be modified for a group. It can also be used as a rhythm activity for one student.


  • Print two game boards, one for the student and one for the teacher. If playing with a group, print one game board for each student.
  • Print out the bat playing cards and cut them into squares. If playing with a group, print more cards. Using your printer’s settings, print the cards with the rhythms that are appropriate for your student and omit the rhythms the student has not learned.
  • Divide the cards equally among the players.
  • Players take turns drawing a card, counting the rhythm, and placing it over a corresponding rhythm on the game board. If a player draws a card with the corresponding rhythm already covered, place it in a discard pile to be shuffled and used again. The game is over when the first player covers all 9 squares.
  • Please feel free to make up your own rules according to the age of your students! If you have a good idea, share it in the comment section.
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16 thoughts to “Bats and Cats – a Halloween Game

  • codecody16

    Thank you Susan! I found some really cute “bat” erasers that are purple with a black bat. I couldn’t resist using them to cover the squares! My students loved it!
    Thanks again!

    • susanparadis

      That’s a fun idea! I saw some cute ones for a very reasonable price.

  • Joanne

    Susan, I love your ‘Bats and Cats” and so do the students. I printed each page level on a different color card stock so they are easy to sort. I can mix the first two levels, and separate them if need be.

    Once again, beautiful work and such a clever idea. I love your keyboard border design which you also used on your “Fish Certificate” So artfully done.

    Thanks, thanks, thanks!!

    • susanparadis

      I’m glad you like it and thanks so much for telling me. I love the piano border, too, but I had to make it all over again for this game because the other one didn’t fit. Good idea to use different colored card stock, because the sorting problem was something I didn’t think about and it does take time.

      • Beth Tadeson

        I thought of the different coloured cardstock too late. As a remedy, I used 3 different colours of Sharpies to put a small dot on the back according to level.

  • Diane Conway

    Love it!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks again Susan. I shall also play it as tic tac toe ie first one to fill in top line or diagonal line as an alternate way to play.

    • susanparadis

      That’s a good idea!

  • Emerson Quinins

    Muito bom!!!

    • susanparadis

      Thanks, Emerson!

  • sara

    Thanks! I needed something with 16th note review for older children. What fun!

    • susanparadis

      Now I wish I had made some cards with more dotted notes and 16th notes. My students always need review on that, too.

  • Beth Tadeson

    Beautiful work, Susan. I’ll be incorporating this one into all my group lessons next week. I especially like that it’s multi-level because I teach most of my students in groups (until about gr. 1 or 2).

    • susanparadis

      Beth, that’s what I was thinking. Although I don’t do groups very often, when I do there are usually several levels present.

  • Tianna

    Thanks so much Susan! This is actually just what I needed- a new seasonal rhythm game!

    • susanparadis

      Thank you!

      This was a big project and I’m so afraid I’ve made a mistake on one of the rhythms. So, if you find a mistake, please let me know!!

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