Pumpkin Patch Matching Game

I love pumpkins and so do students. Today’s activity has a pumpkin theme so you can use it now and all the way up to Thanksgiving.

This activity is a file folder note matching game. The hardest part is cutting out the pumpkin cards. If  you have trouble cutting small items, I also added some cutting lines so that you can cut out squares instead of  cutting around the tiny pumpkin stem. If you decide to cut out the individual pumpkins like I did, and you plan to laminate them,  cut the pumpkins first, and then laminate them. When you cut them out again, leave  as much  laminated margin around the pumpkins as you can.

There are 5 pages, including a page for the bass clef notes, a page for the treble clef notes, 2 pages of pumpkin flash cards, and a page of keyboard cards.

There are no hard and fast rules for this game. I tried it out with students, and I changed it around for each ability level.

I made this game so my students would have another seasonal way to practice identifying the treble and bass clef, as well as learning the names of notes. I like to keep my elementary  students  enthused about piano lessons by having different activities. And they often learn something new. In this set, there is a high treble G and the bass clef D, something that was new to some of my early level students. However, you can pull the cards you don’t want to use.


  • To quickly recognize the treble and bass clef
  • To reinforce names of notes on the treble and bass staves
  • To play a seasonal activity


  • Print out the treble and bass game boards.
  • Print the pumpkin flash cards and the optional keyboard cards, and cut out either around each pumpkin or on the dotted lines.
  • Glue or tape each game board to the inside of a file folder. Tape an envelope on the front of the file folder to hold the pumpkin cards.
  • Students match the cards with the names of the notes on the game board, paying special attention to identify the clef first

Other ways to play

  • Use a timer to see how long it takes to complete each clef
  • With two students, have a race to see who can match the notes first
  • If students don’t know their notes very well, use guided practice and help them figure out the notes
  • Play with certain notes only, such as ACE
  • At a group lesson, put students on two teams and let them play against each other. Be sure to laminate the cards if you do this because they will get excited. 

Leave a comment here if you can think of another way to play!


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10 thoughts to “Pumpkin Patch File Folder Game

  • Jan Forester

    How do I make the template fit the entire page. I put in “fit the page”, 150% and everything. I’m sure it’s something simple. Love your stuff, and am sending donation. Jan Forester met you at Valentine’s this summer–from Longview

    • susanparadis

      Hi Jan. So good to hear from you after meeting you this summer.

      I’m not really sure what you are doing wrong, but try this. Go to my website https://www.susanparadis.com. On the right, you will see “recent updates.” Click on the text “Pumpkin Patch Match Game.” [Do NOT click on the picture because the picture is a low resolution image not designed to be printed.] Another page will open. On this new page, click “Download PDF document”. When the PDF document opens, select the printer icon. When the printing page dialog box opens, do not select “print on both sides” or “fit to page”. At this point, you can select which pages that you want to print.
      If what you were seeing was too small, then you might have been clicking the image and not the high quality PDF document. Also, be sure you are using the latest version of Adobe Reader.
      Please let me know here or by email if this solves your problem!

  • Grace Miles

    Pumpkins are so fun! I’m just wondering, did you draw each of the pumpkins? Or did you get the graphics somewhere? They look nice. 🙂

    • susanparadis

      I draw it all. I start with a blank page and then keep adding elements. Thanks for asking!

      • Grace Miles

        Lovely! So you drew all the pumpkins and everything? Cute.

  • Bev Conway

    I don’t often comment Susan, but I do donate! I am so appreciate of your thoughtful and creative work sheets and games. I don’t know what I’d do without them!

  • Ann Allott

    Really loved your pumpkin cards. Wondered if there was any chance of you doing a sheet like the game card just with the vines and notes so that it could be used as a backing sheet for the game cards which I think I will leave square. Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic creations. We all love them!

    • susanparadis

      Hi Ann,

      I’m glad you liked the pumpkin cards! I’m not quite sure what you are asking about, however. I’m not sure what you mean by a backing sheet.


      On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM, Susan Paradis' Piano Teacher

      • Ann Allott

        Sorry, should have explained better. The Halloween Note Board game had an optional colourful back for the cards and I wondered if it was possible to do the same for these cards. It was good to have the stripes covering the whole page as I always have problems getting the two sides lined up when I print them.

        • susanparadis

          Thanks for clearing that up. However, I didn’t design these cards to have a back. The reason is that they are so small, and the way we play it, the pumpkin cards are never turned over to the back side. They are always facing up. It you notice, I usually make backs for the cards that have to face down.

          On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 7:03 PM, Susan Paradis' Piano Teacher


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