Floor Keyboard

Floor Keyboard

You can print, cut out, tape together, and use this floor keyboard for games. If you tape it together with a good strapping tape, you should be able to fold it for easy storage. Leave a little room (about 1/8″) when you tape it together so that you can fold it up for storage.

There are 5 PDF pages to cut out. Use card stock for the best results. The white keys are about 3 inches wide, to give you an idea of the size. In case you are wondering, I made the black keys gray because I am trying to save some printer ink. If that bothers you, get a marker and make them black. I haven’t found it a problem with students.

[Edited: the soccer ball above is a mini ball that is about 2 1/2  inches in size.  Since it rolls around, you might prefer to use something like a mini bean bag. A regular size bean bag is too large. However, we had a lot of fun with trying to kick the mini ball to a note on the keyboard! If you have a lot of time you might want to try it. It was hilarious!)

Tomorrow I am going to post alphabet cards to go with this keyboard if you want to play a by Cecilly for beginning students to toss a bean bag to identify keys on the keyboard. Check back tomorrow for the cards and the rules to Cecilly’s game. However, I’m sure many of you will think of clever ways to use this floor keyboard!

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4 thoughts to “Floor Keyboard

  • Chris

    On your keyboard it shows the letters of each key. Do I leave those or cut them off. Also do I cut off Card1 Card 2 Card 3 etc.

    Also, Do the 5 year olds have trouble hitting the card with a bean bag?

    Is Cardstock thick enough?


    • susanparadis

      Chris, this keyboard is a tool for the teacher to make up her own games to suit each student. I don’t think I have played this with a 5 year old yet, but if I did, I would think of a game where the student would be successful. If you look at the post after this one, Cecilly has given one way to play the game, but there are many other ways the keyboard can be used. Don’t think of the keyboard as just one kind of game.

      To use the keyboard, cut out all the writing and tape the different pieces together with clear mailing tape so that it looks like a giant piano keyboard. I personally do not have the names of the keys written on the keyboard. If you laminate the keyboard with clear self-sticking plastic such as book covers or with a laminating machine, it will be more sturdy. Bean bags are gentle so I think it should last a long time. It depends on how you use it.

      I hope this helps.

  • Carol Dawn

    This will be a favorite game! Think I will put it in back of the piano bench so the students can turn around and throw down the bean bag from above. Will let you know how that works.
    P.S. Thanks VERY much for saving the black ink. I’ll use markers.

  • Christal

    Once, again, more brilliant ideas and print-outs! I have a couple under-5 students who seem to need active time off the bench even within a 30-minute lesson. I look forward to these activities!
    I am wondering, are there more advanced games for 8-10 year olds who find the elementary level too easy?
    Thanks again Susan!!


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