Just in time for your holiday piano parties, I am re-posting a favorite Christmas bingo game. This game features a snowman, so you can play it after Christmas, too. I like note bingo games with only 9 notes on a card because the game goes faster. In a group situation the game can be played more than once, so more students can win.
This game includes all the notes on the grand staff. One way to play it with younger children, is to put out a chart with the notes on the staff for them to look out as they play. Or if your group is mixed, let them partner with an older student.
There are 5 PDF pages with 2 boards on each page, supplying enough game boards for 8 students to have a different one. One page includes calling cards. Print the number of pages you need on card stock and cut in half.
Give each student a game board and some bingo chips. Draw a calling card. If the student has that note on their board, they cover it with a bingo chip. I use magnetic wands and plastic chips, but it might be fun to use white paper circles as “snow.” The game is over when the first person covers three in a row in any direction.
- Play “white out.” Keep playing until the first student covers all the squares.
- This game can also be played with the student and teacher. Place alphabet cards in a bowl and take turns drawing and covering the notes.
- Students who know their notes really well like to play 2 cards at a time.
- For an older student who needs to review ledger lines, play a different game. Instead of using alphabet letters, place a stack of ledger line flash cards in front of the student. After drawing a flash card, they put a chip on a corresponding note on their game board that is a different octave.
When the game is over, use your magnetic wand as the “snow plow” to swoop up their chips!