This game reviews basic piano technique concepts (sitting position at the piano, proper hand posture, finger numbers, relaxed arm/arm weight, curved fingers, etc). Students draw cards and place leaves on a tree after they complete the direction on the card. The winner draws the card with the "lucky" green leaf on it.
This game includes 1 tree game board, 24 playing cards, 12 blank cards, and 24 leaves. Make sure to have poster tack on hand to play this game!
1. Print the tree game board, playing cards, and leaves.
2. Cut out the playing cards and leaves.
3. If desired, print blank cards and write your own directions on them!
4. Laminate all pieces to extend game life.
To play (2-4 players):
1. Set the game board up on the piano’s music stand (cover the keys with the lid to prevent small pieces from falling in between them).
2. Place leaves in a pile between all players or adhere the leaves with poster tack around the base of the tree prior to the lesson.
3. Shuffle playing cards and place in a pile face down.
4. The youngest player starts, drawing a card from the pile. Player completes direction on the card and takes a leaf that matches the leaf on the playing card. The leaf is then placed on the tree with poster tack.
5. The winner of this game draws the “You Won” card and places the green leaf on the tree.
Note: This game can easily be adapted for preschoolers. Simplify the directions—for example, instead of asking them to play a pentascale, ask them to wave their left hand or their right hand.