Not too long ago I posted a rhythm bingo game for older students with meters such as 3/8 and 9/8. An alert teacher asked me if I had posted a beginner version. Of course I thought so because I remember playing it. I have to be honest, however. After posing hundreds of files over the years, I can’t remember what I have on the site. As I looked through my website, sure enough, it was not there. Things came up, and it got lost in the Games That Never Were Finished file.
- To review rhythm patterns in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures
- Cards 1 & 2 have no 8th notes.
- Cards 3 & 4 have simple patterns using 8th notes.
Number of Players
- Two to 8 players, plus the teacher to draw and play the rhythm cards
- Game may also be played by one student and teacher
- Game board and rhythm card printables
- At least 9 bingo tokens for each player
- Print the game boards on card stock.
- Print the calling cards on perforated 2 x 3.5 business card stock or regular card stock. Separate or cut the cards.
- Mix the cards up so that the time signatures are mixed evenly.
- Give each player a Bingo board card and tokens. Students put a token on the “Free” space.
- The teacher draws a calling card, tells the students which time signature it is, and plays the rhythm.
- If the student has the rhythm, he covers it with his token.
- The game proceeds with the teacher drawing cards and playing the rhythms.
- The first player to cover all the squares on his board is the winner.
- To play with student and teacher, each player takes turns drawing and tapping the rhythm on the card. If that rhythm is on his card, he covers it with a token.
Why I Like This Game
- It is a good game to practice rhythmic ear training.