Solve September Squirrelliness with this Piano Chord Game

Do your students ever seem a bit…distracted when they return in September? The long school days are back in their life after the summer break, and it can take a bit of time to adjust. This is a great time for some fun review with this piano chord game.

Solve September Squirrelliness with this piano chord game, Hide and Squirrel, a fun music theory game to work on piano chords.

Hide and Squirrel has two great levels to suit different students. The first level covers piano chords on the piano and the second is on the staff. All the chords are either major or minor so you don’t need to get into diminished and augmented chords if your student hasn’t met those yet.

Solve September Squirrelliness with Hide and Squirrel, a fun music theory game to work on piano chords.

How to Play

  • Choose either the level 1 or level 2 cards.
  • Place one card on top of each hole on the board, covering them.
  • Put the remaining cards in a pile to the side of the board.
  • Players take turns to draw a card from the pile and say whether it is major or minor.
  • If they are incorrect they must return the card to the bottom of the pile.
  • If they are correct they choose one of the cards from the  board to turn over and, if this matches (is also major or minor), they keep both of the cards. If the card does not match they should return the card from the board to the bottom of the pile.
  • As cards from the board are used they should be replaced from the pile.
  • The winner is the one with the most cards when all the cards in the pile have been used of when the time is up.


  • Print out the game board (pages 3-6). Trim along the dotted lines, laminate if desired and tape the board pieces together.
  • Print out the game cards (page 7-18) double-sided. Trim along the dotted lines and laminate if desired.

Learning Objective

In level 1, players work to identify chords on the piano as major or minor. In level 2, they practise identifying major and minor chords on the staff.

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Hide and Squirrel

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Do your students get the wiggles in September?

What are your favourite welcome back activities to ease them in? Please share in the comments below. 🙂

If you’re looking for more help with teaching chords you might like this post about my chord level challenges.

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