This new game was a BIG hit with my elementary students at group lessons last week. We’re working on instant recognition of intervals (without having to count lines and spaces), which takes a LOT of drill. With this game, though, the kids wanted to keep playing the whole lesson! Here’s how we played:
I divided the students into partners and gave each pair a set of interval cards and a box of blocks. I picked up some generic-brand Jenga blocks at an after-Christmas sale, but any blocks (or anything that stacks), will do. One partner started by drawing a card, identifying the interval, then adding that number of blocks to his tower. Next, his partner did the same. Play continued back and forth until all of the blocks were used, or one partner’s tower toppled. IF the team used all of their blocks, the student with the highest tower at the end was the winner.
To keep it competitive, I stipulated that students could only stack one block per layer (instead of traditional Jenga-style stacks). In the picture above, my students had been playing for a while and decided to get creative with their towers!
The cards are available for download from my studio site. There are 6 pages of playing cards that include intervals on pictured keyboards and in both the treble and bass clefs. There is also a 7th page with graphics if you wish to print backs on the cards.