When I was little my mom would fold a piece of paper into something called a “Fortune Teller”. It would keep me entertained for a long, long time (this was clearly before the days of iPads!).
The other day, during a nostalgic moment, I made one for my two daughters… and it had the same effect on them as it had on me… they loved it! So naturally, I turned it into a piano activity.
While the Fortune Teller we’re sending you below can take many forms in a piano lesson, my mind went immediately to keyboard awareness games and getting piano students comfortable with steps, skips and leaps!
Today we’re giving you your very own “musical version” of a Fortune Teller, along with a game you can play with it that is a real hoot. Simply follow the instructions below and have fun!
Keyboard Awareness Fortune Tellers For Piano Kids
The Fortune Teller set-up is simple. You’ll need to download this printable and then follow the included folding instructions. Once you have your very own Keyboard Awareness Fortune Teller in your hands you can get ready to play!
How to Play:
Before you begin the game, have your student place a game marker on any white key within the C Major one octave scale. While he is doing this, you must secretly choose a white key within the same scale to serve as the “finish line”. Write this key on a piece of paper.
Your student will win the game when his marker moves within two steps of the selected secret “finish line”.
When you and your student are ready to begin, perform the following steps:
- Place the Fortune Teller on your fingertips.
- On the top of the Fortune Teller are four “Christmas Characters”. Each character has a note value on its tummy. Ask your student to choose a note value and name the number of beats it receives in 4/4 time.
- Manipulate the Fortune Teller (check out this video if you’re a newbie to these!) according to the number of beats the note named in Step 2 receives. The Fortune Teller will end up “open”.
- Next, your student chooses one of the numbers that is being displayed in the open Fortune Teller by playing the corresponding interval starting on middle C (for example, if your student is choosing the number 4 he would play C and then F).
- Manipulate the Fortune Teller according to the number/interval your student selected in Step 4. The Fortune Teller will once again end up “open”.
- Ask your student to choose a number again (repeating Steps 4 and 5).
- Ask your student to choose a number one last time.
- Open the flap associated with the selected number to discover the directions.
- Have your student move his marker from its original spot along the keys according to the written directions.
- Repeat steps 1-9 three times so that the student ends up moving his game marker three times. After the third turn, reveal the “finish line” key you selected during the game set-up. Did your student’s game marker end up within two steps of the “finish line”? If so, your student wins!
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What Christmas Fun Are YOU Having?
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