Valentine Board Game

Steal A Heart Game

 The purpose of this game is to reinforce note names with an emphasis on the really difficult ledger line notes like the ones below. Your older students will shudder in mock-dread when they see these little puppies!

I don’t like them, either, but the thing is, composers actually USE these notes so it comes in handy to know them!

I also included the ledger line notes in the middle of the grand staff on both the treble and bass staves, such as these.

However, the you can choose the level to suit your students, because I also made a page with the easy notes! You can print out the cards you want and select cards for different levels.

To play the game, give each student a game board and stack all the little heart cards face down in reach of everyone. Students will draw a heart card (that you are going to have to cut out; oh dear), name the card,  and place it on an empty heart on their game board. The object of the game is to cover all the hearts on the game board. There are only 12 heart spaces, so the game goes fast. If a student draws a Steal a Heart card, he may take a heart from the game board of the person on his right, but he must name the note he is stealing. If he draws a Be Mine card, he puts it over a card he has already named on his game board to “protect” it, and then draws another card.  Another player may not steal a heart that is “protected.” (It is important to draw another card to move the game along and also so he can practice naming the notes.)  If a student draws a Give my Heart card, he gives one of his cards to the player on his right, who  must name the card before he can take it. You can modify this game however you want, but that’s how we played it and everyone thought it was fun, since I gave them time to figure out the note names.

You will need to print out enough little cards so that there are at least 12 to 16 note cards for each student. You will need about 1 page of the written conversation cards  for every 2 students so there will be a good balance between note cards and conversation cards. Look at the 4 page PDF before you print so that you can print out what  you need. Use card stock and laminate everything, or spray with a clear acrylic spray coating.

To be honest, I had trouble cutting the hearts out, so I added cutting lines.  I took a look at all those hard to cut out hearts and knew my hands would never make it for my large group lesson. When you start to cut a lot of these cards, you will thank me.

Have fun and thanks to all of you who are supporting this blog. I very much appreciate all of you!

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9 thoughts to “Steal a Heart Note Reading Game for Ledger Line Notes

  • Anonymous

    I am very excited to try this game with my students. It is so colourful and I know it will make learning those note names more fun. Thanks for sharing.

  • carol dawn

    Thank you, Susan! This game has been a great hit with my students, especially the “steal a heart”. Several students wanted to play it at home, too. But I’d only made 2 big hearts. Actually, I used a ledger line handout and had even the 2nd and 3rd graders figure out what the “hard” notes were. And because they liked the game so much, they were happy to do so. Making a teaching moment fun – thanks!

  • LadyD

    Thanks so much. This really looks fun. I’m anxious to try it out today since we’re having a rainy day schedule!

  • Lee

    Thank you for this game! Limiting the numbers of hearts to “win” and pulling out the easier cards made it perfect for my beginners. I could use more cards and play it with the more advanced students. Perfect! As always, I just slipped the game boards in plastic sleeves, and I was ready to go!
    Thanks again! Lee♫

  • Dianna Denley

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I have just printed out a copy and will see if I can laminate it in time for lessons today. I love the fact that they’re squares and I don’t have to cut out lots of little hearts – I think my hands would be in some serious pain!

    Thank you for all the effort and time you put into creating these resources, Susan. They are very much appreciated, and it certainly helps getting not only the students mesmorised during lessons, but the parents involved too 😀

  • Becky Baker

    I just printed out everything and am so excited to use this game with my students this week! Thank you very much, Susan! I know my students will love it!

  • Mirka

    Hey Susan!

    What a great game!
    I’ve just printed and I’m sure the kids will love it!



  • Joanne

    Dear Susan,

    As soon as I saw this game this morning, I got busy and printed it out for lessons today. The kids loved it !

    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

    This would be a good game for advanced students if the hearts had intervals, or if they had symbols for beginners.

    Thank you again, and Happy Valentine’s Day.

  • Roxane Lee

    Dear Susan,

    Thanks for this wonderful game. I saw the game board yesterday and was excited to see the game pieces today. I can’t wait to play this with my students!



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