Cover the Keys is a bingo type game that you can play with one or more students. For today’s Throwback Thursday I’m featuring a game for students who are just starting piano and are learning the keys on the piano. There are enough cards for 6 children, but I usually use this with my student and I as the player. This game has been on my site for over twelve years, but a few years ago I revised it with new art and I think the updated version looks a lot better.
Bingo games need bingo chips or tokens. If you play a lot of bingo games, I suggest investing in a set of plastic bingo chips, which are not very expensive.
You can also save milk jug lids to use as tokens with this game. If you email parents and ask them to send you lids, you will soon have all you need and there are so many things you can do with them.
Many years ago I found some pretty little flat stones that I used with some of my games. But if you want to print this out and use it today and you don’t have any tokens, get creative! I remember cutting up little pieces of cardstock to use as tokens once when I was in that situation, so you have a lot of options!
• Print the bingo cards.
• Give each player at least nine tokens or bingo chips.
• Print or make some small cards with each card having a letter of the music alphabet.
• The teacher draws a card and calls out a keyboard letter and if the student has it on their game board, they cover it with a bingo chip.
• The first player to cover all the keyboards on their card is the winner.
• When only teacher and student are playing, they take turns drawing letters from the music alphabet.
• There is a free set of alphabet cards on my website.
You can save milk jug lids to use as tokens with this game. If you email parents and ask them to send you lids, you will soon have all you need. Recently I found some pretty little flat stones for a very reasonable price that I plan to use with some of my games.