"Go Play in the Snow!"

"Go Play in the Snow!"

Over the weekend I held my very first group lessons. After a round of sickness and really bad weather, I had quite a few lessons to makeup. (Like many, I do not offer reimbursements for tuition, but I do offer makeup lessons if given at least 24 hour notice.) The students were split into two separate group lessons based on their level and lesson lengths.

One of the activities that I had planned was a game of GO FISH, played with the Snowman Flashcards by Wendy Stevens at ComposeCreate.com. Read on below for game instructions:

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Go Play in the Snow Instructions

Players: 3-6

Materials: Snowmen Cards and a Wipe Board Staff

Setup: There are a total of 60 cards in this deck (30 tops and 30 bottoms). You can determine the number of cards that students start with – we started with 5 tops and 5 bottoms each. The remaining cards are kept in separate piles (tops and bottoms) face down in the middle. Prior to playing, we all reviewed the sayings of the lines and spaces — then I filled out a staff with the sayings for the SPACES ONLY and placed it in the middle of the floor. This helped keep the pace of play moving quickly, and encouraged students to figure out the lines by using space notes. The objective is to run out of cards by making as many snowmen as you can!

Directions: Once the cards are passed out, students take turns (clockwise) asking other students for cards that they need. For example: If a player has two tops with A’s, but no bottom A’s, they might want to ask: “Katie, do you have any bottom A’s?” If they do, they must give their card to the active player, who can continue asking other students for cards. Once a snowman is complete, the player puts it face-up in front of them. If a student does NOT have the card which was asked for, then they say “No! Go Play in the Snow!” and the player must pick a card from the two decks. Play then continues with the next student. Note: Depending on what the player asked for, they must pick that corresponding part (i.e. tops and bottoms). The student who runs out of cards first wins, and the student with the most matches gets second place!

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This was a fantastic game to review note names. You could really see each student thinking hard about the cards in their hands. I played as well, and assisted players when they had a note that they were questioning. For a bigger challenge, you could try it without using the wipe board staff. I hope you enjoy!

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  • by Whitney Posted February 1, 2014 11:48 am

    What a cute way to use Wendy’s Snowmen! We played Concentration with them last week, but this would be really fun for a group lesson or to play when siblings have back to back lessons. So glad to have found your blog!

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted February 1, 2014 11:52 am

      Oh! That’s a great way to use them – I’ll have to try that out this week. We’ve been doing time trials with them during private lessons. Thanks for commenting! Stay tuned for some more games – I’ve got a Valentine’s Day Memory game coming up this week 🙂

      • by Lavinia Livingston Posted January 13, 2015 10:29 am

        Looking forward to the Valentine’s Day Memory Game, Sara Nice of you to post it early enough so there is time to prepare the game.

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  • by Lavinia Livingston Posted January 13, 2015 10:28 am

    I have these cards but have only used them with individual students. Your creative ideas are so valuable to us teachers out here in the field. Thank you for sharing so generously.

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted January 14, 2015 5:16 pm

      You’re so very welcome, Lavinia! Your feedback means a lot — thanks so much! I’m working on new ways to use the Valentine’s Day cards too. Look for posts about that in the future 🙂 Thanks again for reading.

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