Rhythm Round About is a great game for students who can’t remember the rhythmic names of notes. My younger ones don’t have any trouble remembering how many beats a note is worth, but they often either forget the name, or get the names mixed up. This is especially true with rests. I wanted a fun activity that would only take a few minutes of lesson time, and this is what I came up with. Rhythm Round About moves along quickly, and if you only have a few minutes left at the end of a lesson, you might be able to play it several times. I tested it quite a lot with my students and they gave me helpful suggestions!
Print two or more pages of these cards
I found that printing 2 pages of the card PDF is enough for a teacher/student game. The cards will run out, but shuffle them and keep going.
I did something different for the cards that go along with this game. A few years ago I bought a huge box of blank perforated business cards at a warehouse store for a very reasonable price. I made the cards for this game to fit business cards, and I really like the size, and the fact that I don’t have to cut out anything! The cards are 2″ X 3 1/2″. For those of you who don’t have any blank business cards, my PDF also contains short cutting lines. [Update: The cards now have cutting lines.]
Since I love graphics, I usually draw a colorful back for my game cards. This one has little pianos covered by dots to match the game board.
This is the optional back of the cards. You do not have to use it.
I laminated the game board, but I coated the cards with clear acrylic matte coating to keep the ink from smearing. Here in hot Texas, students’ hands will cause ink to smudge. If you are in a cooler climate, you might not have this problem. [Update: Newer printer ink doesn’t seem to have the same problem, with smearing as the older printers!]
This is a good game to check if your students really know the rhythm symbol names for association tests!
If your students enjoy this game, leave a comment!