Rhythm Round About Extra Cards

Many teachers in our blog community have been playing Rhythm Round About for years. After I posted it in last week’s Throwback Thursday, I realized there is another part to this game that I’ve never posted. When my older students first saw the board in my studio they wanted to play it, but of course it was too easy for them. So I made some more cards so they could play. I thought I had posted them, but as it turns out, I never did.

So today I am posting the extra cards for Rhythm Round About. These cards have rhythm patterns for students to count, and then move to the correct note value on the board. There are cards for beginning to more advanced levels! But you will especially like that I included triplets, dotted quarter notes, dotted eighth notes, and sixteenth notes, as well as corresponding rests. Now your older students can enjoy a fast and fun game, and count some rhythms as they play. And your beginners can count easy rhythms. If we can get our students counting challenging rhythms, then they will not be among the many adults who play an instrument if only they could figure out the rhythm!

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  • A quarter note is equal to one beat in all the cards.
  • There are cards with rhythm patterns equal to a quarter note/rest, half note/rest, dotted half note, and whole note/rest.
  • Pull out the cards you will not be using. There are several levels of cards included.
  • Put the cards in a stack, face down.
  • Players place their token on “start.”
  • Each card is equal to a note or rest on the game board.
  • Players take turns drawing a card, counting and/or clapping the rhythm on the card, and moving their token to the next equal corresponding note OR rest.
  • You determine in advance how the winner will be selected. Be sure to let young children win more than they lose.


  • Instead of clapping the rhythm, use a rhythm instrument.
  • Draw some cards yourself (using a marker) to add to the game. Use rhythm patterns from measures in the student’s music. If they know where the pattern is found, they take an extra turn.
  • In cards equal to a half note, dotted half note, or whole note, students say the time signature of the measure.
  • If playing with students of varying levels, give each student a different set of cards.


  • To count rhythm patterns.
  • To learn to quickly identify patterns.


  • I like the many variations you can use with the game.
  • Both beginning and advanced students can play if you use the correct cards.
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2 thoughts to “Extra Cards for Rhythm Round About

  • Carrie

    How does Rhythm Round About work with the advanced set of cards? The board doesn’t show sixteenth notes. I’m guessing if they draw the card with 4 sixteenths, they advance to a quarter note? Just wanted to get clarification. 🙂 Thanks!!

    • Susan Paradis

      Carrie, you are exactly correct. These cards are made to count the beats.
      First I tell them a quarter note equals one beat in this game. Then when they draw a card, they add up the number of beats on the card. Each card is equal to a note: quarter, half, dotted half, or whole note or corresponding rest, whichever is the closest tot their token. They move to that note.


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