These rhythm flash cards are about the size of a deck of playing cards. They are small enough for students to hold in their hands to play card games. A variety of levels are included, from beginning to late intermediate, whole notes to dotted eighths and sixteenths.
There are 6 pages of flash cards in this printable. The last page is a colorful graphic designed for the back of the cards so they are more fun. You can print only the pages of the cards you need. You will have to reinsert the graphic for the back of the cards into your printer. If you are not sure how to do this, look at the FAQ on this blog. Scroll down until you see “How to Print On Both Sides of Flash Cards.”
To keep the pattern for the back of the cards lined up evenly and to look nice, I didn’t make a cutting line all the way across the page. Instead, there is a thin white line to cut on.
If you are not going to print the colorful graphic for the back, take a ruler and connect the dotted lines on the front (the black and white side) of the cards before you cut them out.
For my young children, I made two sets of the first page (the easy patterns) so we could play “Go Fish”. I also played matching the cards with them, because matching these patterns is often a challenge for young beginning students. They also love to play the patterns on rhythm instruments.
With older students, we simply tap some cards at the end of lessons or string them together to make a phrase and tap. Sometimes I put a few of the cards on a table and one person taps while the other guesses the correct pattern.
These cards are very useful as a review for the bonus question of the Texas theory test. They are also helpful when a student is first learning eighth notes.
I am certainly open to suggestions on more ways to use these. If you have a good game or idea, please leave a comment here to share with others!