Students review intervals of seconds to octaves in the Snowmen and Reindeer Interval Game

For today’s Throwback Thursday post, I’m featuring a Christmas interval game which was originally posted about 6 years ago. To download this free game,  scroll down.

Here is the second game in a set of 3 Christmas games. This one is a review of intervals, thanks to a suggestion from another teacher.

Students should be familiar with intervals from seconds to octaves or know how to count up the lines and spaces to identify intervals. The best way to learn intervals is to recognize the patterns of lines to spaces.  However, young children often forget this so I let them count the more difficult intervals until they can remember the patterns.

Sometimes I use this rhyme for 3rds: Line to line,  everything is fine. Space to space, everything is in place.


  • learn to identify intervals quickly by sight
  • review intervals from 2nds to octaves if the student already knows them
  • learn how to count lines and spaces to identify intervals
  • practice fine motor speed and coordination
  • quickly identify intervals under pressure
  • play a fun seasonal game in less than 3 minutes at an individual music lesson


  • Children, ages 7-10
  • Some younger children can play if given lots of time

Materials Needed

  • Printed game board and interval flash cards
  • Sand timer or stop watch
  • Bingo chips


Give the student a set of interval flash cards. Set the timer.  The student quickly draws a flash card and places a bingo chip on the corresponding interval degree.  The object is to cover all the interval degrees on the game board in the fastest time possible. Beginning students will enjoy a non-timed game better.

Snowmen and Reindeer Interval Game


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