These cards are a great first introduction to note values. Before talking about what each one “means” and tackling the maths of it all. I like to get students used to the shapes and their Kodály names.
It’s much more natural and intuitive to call the shape “ta” than to say “this is a crotchet, a crotchet is worth one beat”. That just doesn’t mean much to young kids!
We start out by just drawing random cards from the pile and figuring out which action they need to do. Then we make our own songs on the floor by lining up some cards in a row on the floor and say the Kodály names while “dancing” along.
I have found so many ways to use these cards including card games like snap, go fish and war, and I’m still coming up with new ideas all the time.
Download Rockin’ Rhythms
You can download these rockin’ rhythm cards to use yourself, just print them out double sided, cut them apart and laminate, and let me know if you have any questions or comments below!
Need more piano teaching games?
Try the off-the-bench catalogue. This post has a huge list of free games from around the web, organised by the concepts covered. You’re sure to find something fun to play.