When our family went on vacation this past summer, the place we rented had a washer but no dryer. For the first time in their lives, my children were introduced to the “laundry line”. It was a smash hit.
Getting our girls to help with the laundry at home is generally met with eye rolls and avoidance. But the introduction of the laundry line flipped the switch to fun. Suddenly, the struggle was not getting the girls to do laundry but instead getting the girls to stop arguing over who got to do the laundry.
At first it was odd and unsettling. And then it was wonderful.
The nicer weather we’ve been having lately reminded me of my girls’ love for the laundry line. So, I decided to create a rhythm-based piano game inspired by our drying laundry 🙂
Setting Up A Laundry Line Of Rhythms
To play A Laundry Line Of Rhythms you will need a piece of string, some tape, four red clothespins, four blue clothespins and 12 index cards. Note: if you can’t find colored clothespins, simply draw colored dots on plain, wooden clothespins.
Before the game begins, attach a piece of string across a window or door frame to create a laundry line. Make sure to hang the string at an accessible height for your little piano students. Next, clip all of the clothespins, in any order to the piece of string.
Finally, write an incomplete rhythm in 4/4 time on each index card. For example, on a card you may write a half note, or three quarter notes, or a quarter note and a quarrier rest, or a half note etc.)
How To Play A Laundry Line Of Rhythms
- To play the game, have your student select any five index cards.
- Ask her to analyze the incomplete measure of rhythm on the first index card and determine how many beats are missing.
- Next, have her clip the index card to a clothespin that completes the measure of rhythm. A red clothespin represents a quarter note and a blue clothespin represents a half note.
- Instruct your student to repeat Steps 2 – 3 for the remaining index cards.
More Fun For Spring In Your Studio
As the weather improves and the outdoors become a more attractive option, it’s a good idea to keep your students motivated by ramping up the off-the-bench fun in your studio. Below we’re sharing some more fun DIY activities to use in the coming months. Click on the image to explore each activity.