More Fun with Snowmen Flashcards

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Reviewing the spaces on (and off!) the staff.

Last week I posted about an activity I’ve been doing with my snowmen flashcards from Wendy Stevens. Today I thought I’d provide some more details about how I’ve been structuring this activity:

Snowmen Flashcard Creative

Materials Needed:

Suggested Steps:

  1. Organize the snowmen tops by letter names (or step/skips). Place them at the top of the table.
  2. Pull the snowmen bottoms with the line/spaces/steps/skips that you want your student to use. Shuffle the cards.
  3. Draw a staff and review the lines/spaces/steps/skips. I find it’s best to pick one or two concepts.
  4. Use the foam keyboard as necessary to reinforce the relationship between the staff and keyboard.
  5. Erase the review info!
  6. Sing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
  7. Use a minute sand timer to see how quickly your student can match the tops/bottoms. Do two rounds (with a review in between if necessary).
  8. Time to get creative: Give your student a set amount of time to arrange their snowmen and draw a creative scene around them using chalk. Sometimes students need a little extra encouragement to “think outside the box” – others won’t need any help at all!
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Abbey created a “Snowman Band” complete with director, singers, and an audience! Love this idea.

Sometimes “Old School” is Best

I’ve had a 1 minute sand timer in my studio for years — and honestly I forgot about it because it just kind of sits on the shelf. A couple of my students noticed it this fall, so we’ve been using it for all kinds of activities.


Somehow sand timers are just way more fun than using a stopwatch on an iPhone. (Although apparently there’s an app for that. Of course.) Just picked up this set that has 1 min, 2 min, 3 min, and 5 min timers.

Customize Your Game

I think the best part about this activity is that it’s super customizable. You can review as many or as little notes as you want and change the amount of time that a student has to match up the cards. (Or don’t time it at all!)

It’s entirely up to you and what your student needs.

Check out some of the fun scenes my students created last week: 

I hope you and your students enjoy this activity! Good luck with all your holiday lessons and recitals this weekend 🙂 ~ Sara

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4 Comments

  • by Rachel Posted December 8, 2016 10:54 pm

    Love the suggestions, love the chalkboard table, LOVE the scenes the kids made! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted December 21, 2016 10:47 am

      Thanks, Rachel! 🙂

  • by Sally Licocci Posted December 19, 2016 9:19 am

    I used the flash cards with my students last week and we made it a race. The kids had a lot of fun with this and were very motivated to beat their time. One of them did have snow ball fights and was running into the other snowmen with out any discussion of doing this or a blackboard!

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted December 21, 2016 10:48 am

      Haha! I love it — creativity has no boundaries 😀

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