Chasing the Turkey

After we finish taking the state theory test, I give my students a theory break. I don’t assign formal theory work to complete at home and bring back. This makes everyone happy, including me, because by now we’re all kind of “theory weary.” But there is the problem of forgetting everything we carefully learned. So I like to play theory games to keep everything fresh in my students’ minds. They don’t mind reviewing theory in a game. In fact, they like it!

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.
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9 thoughts to “Chasing the Turkey Board Game

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  • Cathrine

    Hi Susan, Just wanted to drop a note to let you know I have been playing this fun game with my little girl during her Thanksgiving break, and we have loved it! It has really helped her retain some of this info. Thanks so much for creating and sharing it!

    • susanparadis

      That’s great! I’m glad she likes it!

  • Lisa

    I wanted to thank you for this game! I printed it out and had it laminated and just finished playing it with my four students today. They loved it!

  • Joanne

    Thanks Susan,

    I do have your key signature cards. Never thought of them. Again, thanks.

  • Joanne

    Another great game for the holiday. Is it possible to create another page with the flat key signatures? Or even a blank sheet for us to add additional symbols? Beautiful design. Thank you for making the holidays so special. We are thankful for you!

    • susanparadis

      Thank you for your comment. You’ve made my day!

      Right now I’m so busy that while I would love to make another set, I don’t think I will have time before Thanksgiving. I do plan to make some smaller key signature cards with all the keys, but I just don’t think it will be before the holidays. Check back, however, because if I find some time I’ll work on it.

      I used the game board from today’s post as a key signature game with my students last week, and I used these cards: Key Signature Flash Cards

      They are bigger, but they worked fine. Let me know if you have trouble finding them. I also used keyboard flash cards with a 5 year old.

      I find the game so flexible that I’ve been using a hodge-podge collection of flash cards with it.

  • Heidi N

    I love how short & versatile this is. I like how I can use your “save the turkey” cards w/ it too!

    • susanparadis

      Thanks for reminding me about the Save the Turkey cards! I should have just used them and saved myself some time!


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