I tell students that whoever draws the turkey will save it from being turned into Thanksgiving dinner!
Save the turkey is an old favorite fast and fun game that students of all ages enjoy. There are cards for all levels of students, from children who are learning piano keys, to older students who should know all the key signatures! I am reposting the directions to this free game today along with links to print the cards. This is one of those games that is so easy I always forget how to play it. So be sure and print the directions and pack them away with the cards so you can play it next year. That is what I have to do!
Directions to Save the Turkey
Shuffle the cards and put them in a stack on the table. The Skip a Turn cards should be evenly distributed.
Be sure the “turkey” card is not near the top.
The student (player 1) draws a card and identifies the symbol. As long as they answer the card correctly, they continue to draw until they draw a Skip a Turn card. Then the teacher (player 2) does the same thing.
The teacher may answer the card correctly or identify the card incorrectly (on purpose.) With younger students it is a lot of fun for the teacher to pretend they don’t know the answer. If the student knows the correct answer, they take the teachers turn. For older students who are working on time signatures, it keeps them paying attention.
Whoever draws the Turkey card has “saved the turkey” and is the winner. The game is short, so the cards can be shuffled and played again.
I like the fact that even a beginner can win. All they have to do is draw the turkey card! However, along the way, they will be learning or reviewing important musical concepts. Let your younger children win most of the time. They love it and it really helps make lessons more fun. But older students love a challenge!
How to Print
Download the PDF to Set 1. In the PDF printer setting, set Print Range to page 1. You do not want to print 2 pages right away because page 2 is the optional back of the cards. Please note that the backs are only found in Set 1.
Print the first page on sturdy card stock.
If you want to print the backs, re-insert the page back into the printer (so you can print the reverse side) and set Print Range to page 2.
To print the backs to the other levels, open Set 1 again and select page 2. Insert the pages from the other set back into your printer to print the backs. That is a lot of trouble, I admit, so you may want to just leave the backs blank or buy some Thanksgiving stickers for the backs. It depends on how good you are printing graphics.
After printing, cut the cards out along the dotted lines. If you have a lot of students, laminate them.
If you want to keep the levels sorted for easy use with different students, use colored card stock or label the cards before you print them.