It’s Valentine’s Week, and if you’re looking for a last-minute quick and easy activity for young students, here is a Valentine’s Day game you still have time to print and use today! There is not much planning, the rules are simple, and all you need is a few minutes to cut out the cards . This activity is a re-post from January in case you are a new reader, or didn’t see it the first time I posted it, and I’m posting it here today as a reminder. If you are a parent, this a fun game to play with your children to introduce rhythm names.
Click on the link under the picture above. Print the pages on sturdy card stock and cut them out. Do not laminate the cards. Fold in the middle so the heart is on one side and the notes on the other. (Cardstock is easier to fold if you score it lightly using a ruler and a dull point, such as a dull butter knife. Leave a comment if you need more directions.) After folding, the cards sit up like a tent. Hide them around the room with the Valentine heart facing out. Do not hide too well, or students will not find them and next Christmas you will still be finding Valentine cards in little hidey-holes in your studio!
Tell your student that you have hidden little Valentine “cards” all over the room. The cards have different rhythm values on the back. The student’s job is to find and collect the ones with half notes (or whatever note you want to work on) as fast as possible. Depending on how much time you have, you can play again, collecting different rhythms.
This is also an excellent activity to introduce a new rhythm to beginning students.
- To quickly learn to recognize rhythm note names
- To learn that stems can go up or down
- To introduce rhythm names to beginners
- To play a fast (under 3 minutes) Valentine’s Day game
- Early childhood to grade 2 or 3
This is a variation of a game idea from Cecilly called Quarter Note Hunt, and it has been a long time favorite in my studio.