I haven’t bought a scratch and win for years… but the last time I did I won a free ticket 3 times in a row. By the 3rd time I cashed it in for a free ticket I was fully convinced that I was one more scratch away from being “Set for Life”; after all, when are you ever lucky enough to win something 3 times in a row? Nope.
If there’s one thing that piano students love it’s a surprise. When I came across instructions for how to make your own Scratch and Win on Pinterest I was super excited about the piano teaching game possibilities that came with this new-found knowledge.
Using the printables below, discover how to teach piano theory by turning them into your own scratch and win tickets (follow this blogger’s directions). Then it’s time for some piano theory fun!
Here are the Top 3 Piano Teaching Games Using a Scratch-and-Win
1. Interval Gamble – Roll a die 5 times with your piano students. For each number that lands face-up, write it in a line on a piece of paper. Once you have your 5 numbers, have them play both the major and the minor interval (or the augmented/diminished in the case of 4ths and 5ths) that relate to that number. If your piano kids play them correctly, they get to scratch the “Interval Gamble” ticket (printable here for y’all). Add up the 5 numbers in their line. If the number on their scratch and win matches the number they added they win!… The odds of them winning are about the same as a regular ol’ lottery ticket 😉
2. Million Dollar Word – Using your piano kids’ current piece, help them create 4 different words using the notes found in the treble clef of their piece (Bed, Bee, Face, Dad etc.) Write the words on slips of paper and toss them into a hat. They draw a slip and scratch a card. If the word they draw matches one of the 4 words on their scratch-and-win card they win a prize! (Yup, another printable here for you!)
3. Lotto 6/8 Time – First, clap and count all of the 6/8 measures of rhythm with your student on this page. Then have them randomly circle two of the squares. If their scratch card (yeehaw…another printable!) matches either of their circled squares, they win!
Kids love to win and they love the anticipation of “what could be” – make your prizes yummy or cool enough and your piano students will be begging for more piano theory! … Can you think of a better way for how to teach piano theory to kids? Who’s the winner now? YOU!
Another way you can “win” is by giving your piano kids a sense of ownership over their own learning. By composing with your piano students you are teaching them theory without them even knowing it! If you don’t know where to start when it comes to teaching composing… have we got the book for you!