Steal a Heart was originally posted in 2016. I’m reposting it because teachers and students think it one of my best games.
I created this game for a group class I had near Valentine’s Day. It was an older group with middle school and high school age students. I told them it was a game to test the dreaded ledger line notes! But I also included all the notes so I could use it with younger students.
They had a lot of fun playing it, stealing the same cards back and forth and trying to figure out the really hard ledger lines. They laughed a lot and I was glad that I had a game this group enjoyed.
There were really only two problems with this game in the original form:
- It used a whole lot of red ink.
- I could never remember the rules!
With that in mind and with Valentine’s coming up, I remade it. I cut the amount of red ink by about 80%. And the directions to the game are included in the PDF file.
If you don’t want to use all the difficult ledger line cards, you don’t have to print them because they are on a separate page.
I hope these revisions will encourage more teachers to try it. It works well with any age student and it is lots of fun.
“I have been playing that valentine game with my students… They absolutely love it from the oldest to the youngest. Yesterday a sixth grader asked his mom if he could stay five more minutes to play it again.” – Linda K.
- To review the names of notes on the grand staff.
- To identify ledger line notes in the bass and treble staves.
- Print a game board for each player.
- Print and cut the small note cards along the dotted lines.