Are you looking for a fun and creative way to reinforce note values, finger numbers, and counting sounds? Do your littlest piano students need a break from the bench? Are your preschoolers motivated by cute little hands-on activities?
In today’s post, we’re sharing a printable piano activity that you can use in a number of different game-based ways. In addition to the provided printable, you will also need some “Teddy Graham” animal cookies.
As always, when using food as a manipulative in your piano studio, make sure to consult with your students’ parents for allergies and other food concerns. If you do not feel comfortable using food, there are many alternatives you can use that will work just as well with the activity we’re sharing below.
A Teddy Bear Piano Picnic: Getting Started
This activity is designed to be used with students in our WunderKeys Piano For Preschoolers method books but can be used with any students needing reinforcement in the skills being learned.
Before you begin the activity, print out this activity page and then cut out and laminate the individual cards. You will also need some Teddy Graham crackers (or non-food alternate) and a dry erase pen.
If you do not want to use food, you can use animal Iwako erasers, pom poms, small plastic animals, or lego figures, to name a few.
Game #1 – Rhythm Reading
Using a dry erase pen, draw a quarter, half, or whole note in the white circle on each card. Next, place the six cards on a table and ask your student to place a number of Teddy Graham crackers on each card that corresponds to the number of beats received by its note value.
Game #2 – Counting Sounds
Place the six cards on a table and give your student the dry erase pen. On the piano, play a number of sounds (between 1 and 5) on Middle C. Ask your student to count the number of sounds played, write the resulting number in the white circle on the first card, and then place a number of Teddy Graham crackers on the picnic blanket that corresponds to the number recorded.
Game #3 – Groups Of Black Keys
Place the six cards on a table and give your student the dry erase pen. Ask your student to come to the piano. Next, point to a group of two black keys or a group of three black keys. Have your student count the number of black keys, write the resulting number in the white circle on the first card, and then place a number of Teddy Graham crackers on the picnic blanket that corresponds to the number recorded.
Get Started With WunderKeys Piano For Preschoolers
Written with piano teachers and their preschoolers in mind, Wunderkeys Piano For Preschoolers takes young children (ages 3 to 5) on a magical journey where they acquire the piano skills, keyboard awareness, and rhythmic understanding needed for a successful future at the piano.
Designed for a one-on-one piano lesson setting, WunderKeys encourages exploration of the piano in ways that are accessible and appropriate for this age group.
Use WunderKeys to grow your studio while delivering perfectly paced and developmentally appropriate piano lessons for preschoolers.