Friday, September 15, 2017

Piano Keys Themed I Spy Game {Free Printable for Kids}

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This free printable piano keys I spy game for kids is a wonderful teaching tool for music classrooms or piano teachers. It is a fun piano theory and music game for kids!

I'm officially back into the swing of things with my piano teaching schedule and I have a couple of new beginner students this year, which I'm really excited about. And one of my favorite ways to connect with new students is by using fun music games.

So, I created this free printable piano keys I spy game with these new beginner piano students in mind. That way we could review some of the most important things they'll learn in the first few weeks and months.

This I spy game provides a different and unique way to practice finding and naming the keys on the piano. And it's much better than traditional piano theory worksheets and books, which can be a tad boring sometimes.

So I'm hoping my new beginners will enjoy playing this fun music themed I spy game.

Free printable piano keys music themed I spy game for kids - a great piano theory and music game for kids

I Spy Games are Versatile!

I spy games are tons of fun and great for kids of all ages. You can use them with toddlers or preschoolers or even preteens and teens. I know that lots of people have even used my I spy games with elderly people and those with dementia.

What I love about I spy games is how versatile they are, even beyond appealing to various age groups. There are lots of different ways to use them (there's a section below with some ideas) and they can also be used in different settings.

For example, I spy games are perfect to use as a quick boredom buster activity at home when the kids are saying, "I'm bored!" Or to keep kids busy while you're cooking supper.

They can also be used in the classroom as part of a learning center or included in a specific lesson or unit. You could also use them as filler activities for those kids who finish their classwork quickly.

You could also print off a bunch of the I spy games, package them up into a binder, and create a busy book for road trips or plane rides. You could even laminate them first (here's the laminator I use and love) or put them into sheet protectors and use a dry erase marker so that the book could be reused over and over.

I spy games are also a great activity to use in speech or occupational therapy since they can be used to target a variety of skills, which we'll touch on in the next section.

Since this game is music themed, it is perfect for piano and music teachers. It can be used during lessons to teach music theory or assigned as music theory homework instead of traditional music theory worksheets. Parents can also use this game at home as a way to supplement what the child is learning in lessons.

The Benefits of I Spy Games for Kids

There are lots of benefits to playing I spy games like this piano theory themed one.

For instance, they're great for developing visual tracking skills and improving visual discrimination. After all, these printable games require kids to visually scan through the objects, compare and contrast them, and find all the ones that are the same.

Then there's obviously the math benefits. I spy games are a great way to practice and develop math skills such as sorting, counting, comparing, etc.

You can also work on fine motor skills using I spy games. You might cross off items, cover them in play dough, or use tongs to place pom poms to cover the items (see the next section for other ideas for how to use I spy games).

Furthermore, you could work on handwriting skills with I spy games. After all, there is an answer sheet to record your answers and kids can practice writing numbers or drawing tally marks.

Playing I spy games with your kids is also a great way to work on speech and language skills. You could target articulation and vocabulary for instance. All of my I spy games include written words to accompany the images to aid in comprehension, especially for hyperlexic learners.

I spy games can also be a great way to work on executive functioning related skills and working memory.

See, lots of benefits! Now, let's take a look at some different ways to use this I spy game.

How to Use this I Spy Game

The most obvious way to use this I spy game is to simply print and play (you'll be able to download your copy below). Just grab a pencil, start counting, and record the number of items you found on the answer key (write the number or use tally marks, if you'd prefer). 

Maybe you also want to cross off or circle items on the game sheet with a pencil as you find them.

Another option would be to use bingo dabbers or dot markers. You could also use pom poms or counters to cover the items as you count. You could even pair pom poms with tongs or tweezers to target different fine motor skills.

You could also laminate the I spy game first to make them reusable. Simply use dry erase markers to cross off the items as you find them and fill in the answer key. 

You could also use play dough instead of dry erase markers to cover the items on the laminated game sheet. That way you add an additional sensory component.

Finally, you can go digital by playing this I spy game right on the computer or tablet. You can also pull it up during a Zoom meeting, teletherapy session, or similar using the screenshare function. Then use the annotate tool to cross off the items.

Download the Free Printable Piano Keys I Spy Game

This piano keys I spy game has three pages: a game sheet, a page to record the answers, and an answer key. Both the answer sheet and answer key include the image as well as written words to describe the object.

To get a copy of this I spy game, click the link below:

>> Click here to download the free printable

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Printable music themed I spy games for kids

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Free printable piano keys music themed I spy game for kids - a great piano theory and music game for kids