A Thanksgiving music theory board game

Chasing the Turkey

Today’s Throwback Thursday features Chasing the Turkey, a fun and easy Thanksgiving music theory board game. 

If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving game, I hope your students love this one as much as my students did. I don’t know if it was the farmer with his ax, using dice, or if it was the fact that they all beat me. (I must be the most unlucky person in the world!)  This game meets my criteria for a music lesson game. It is fast and over quickly, so it doesn’t take much lesson time.

There are several levels of cards included in this printable. Look at all seven pages in this PDF, and only print what you need. If you don’t know how to do that, see my last post for instructions. The last page in this set is an optional back to the cards, but I didn’t use it!

The nice thing about this game board is that you don’t have to print out the cards I made. I also played this game using note flash cards to review note names, and for beginners, keyboard flash cards. If you want to review all the major and minor key signatures, check out my key signature flash cards on my website.


  • To review previously learned musical symbols, intervals, key signatures, and vocabulary.
  • To enjoy a seasonal game.


  • Grades 1-5, using the appropriate cards for the concepts students have learned.


  • Game board.
  • Cards with musical symbols and terms, or use your own cards.
  • One die.
  • Tokens. (I used milk carton tops.)


  • The game can be played with two or more players
  • Print the game board and cut out the cards or use your own cards.
  • Each player puts his token on the game board. The first player draws a card and answers the question.
  • Then he rolls the die and moves the number of spaces on the die. If he lands on a circle with instructions, he follows the instructions, such as taking a short cut, or moving back to Start.
  • The game continues in the same way with the other players.
  • The first player to reach Safe is the winner.
  • Optional: Write the instructions on the back of the game board for future use.

Why I like this game

  • My students loved it and didn’t want to stop playing.
  • It really helped them remember their theory vocabulary and terms.
  • By using flash cards I already have, I can modify the game for all ages.

Chasing the Turkey is a Thanksgiving-themed music theory board game for piano students.

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4 thoughts to “Chasing the Turkey Game

  • Patti

    You scored 100 again, Susan. I divided “Chasing the Turkey Game”cards into three different levels, representing my three different ability student groups. ( I have found that putting same level children back to back in my scheduling makes for a few minutes of group lesson time and interaction between students) Now all my students can be challenged during this game. It is short enough where we can play twice if we have time, but long enough where students can have review. Thanks so much!

    • Susan Paradis

      Patti, I’m so glad they liked it. Great idea to put the same levels back to back. It works well for duets too!

  • Heidi N

    I love to pull this game out every Thanksgiving. Last week I used it as a lesson starter for a student who sometimes is easily distracted. He wanted to play it over and over and was so proud to show off to his mom the things he has learned! I appreciate the multi-level cards so I can use it at group lessons with students of varying abilities.

    • Susan Paradis

      Thanks, Heidi, for the comment. I love making fast and fun games that are easy to play!


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