Memorable piano teaching activities are the most beneficial teaching activities. And for something to be memorable it has to be new and novel.
When kids come to a piano lesson they expect to sit at the piano bench, engage in some warm-ups, and play through a method book. What they do not expect is to be handed a pancake flipper, a frying pan, and some eggs… which is why today’s activity is a learning experience they won’t forget.
Today’s piano teaching activity can be prepped in seconds using materials from your kitchen. You’ll be serving up fun while helping your young, beginning students quickly recognize the differences in directional movement between repeating notes, stepping notes and skipping notes.
Serving Up Fun With Steps and Skips
When you teach piano to little kids, engaging their brains away from the bench is essential. Short breaks from the piano that teach theory or rhythm concepts continue the learning while resetting your students’ attention spans.
Today’s Serving Up Fun piano activity is an easy-to-implement bench break that your little kiddos will love. All you need is a frying pan, three plates, and a flipper.
To prepare for the activity, print out our “Serving Up Fun” printable found here. This printable contains six “fried egg” images, each containing either an image of Middle C, D or E. Cut out the egg shapes and place them “over easy” in a frying pan (yolk side down). Place the three plates (one labeled Step, one labeled Skip, one labeled Repeat) around the frying pan.
How To Play “Serving Up Fun”
This activity is a simple sorting game that reinforces your student’s ability to identify notes that step, notes that skip, and notes that repeat.
To begin, give your student a flipper and have him sit in front of the frying pan. Instruct your piano student to use the flipper to turn over any two eggs. When the notes on the two eggs have been revealed, ask your student to compare the two notes and determine if they represent repeating notes, stepping notes or skipping notes. Once identified, have your student place the two eggs onto the corresponding plate.
Your student can continue playing until all 6 eggs are removed from the frying pan and placed onto an appropriate plate (note: some plates may be left empty). When all eggs have been served, mix them up, place them in the frying pan and play again!
Hands-On Made Simple!
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