What You Need:
- A turkey body, plus a lot of feathers
- I cut mine out of scrapbooking paper so they were already in cute patterns.
- If you want to be able to reuse it for multiple purposes, laminate everything. Otherwise, don’t bother.
- Flashcards with the notes of the staff.
- Some kind of timer (only needed for version 2)
- Write on the back of the feathers. (Use a whiteboard marker if you laminated.)
- About three should say “Teacher Loses a Turn”
- About three should say “Freebie”
- Half of the rest should say “N” for name the note.
- All of the rest should say “P” for play the note.
- Lay out your turkey on the floor.
How to Play (Version 1, the competitive way):
- The first player plucks a feather from the turkey and draws a note flashcard.
- If the feather says “N,” the player should name the note on the flashcard.
- If it says “P,” the player should play the note on the piano.
- If it says “Freebie,” they get the feather for free.
- Take turns until the turkey is completely plucked. Count the feathers to see who has the most.
- The teacher loses a turn cards guarantee that the student will always have more. None of my kids picked up on this.
How to Play (Version 2, the timed way):
- With input from the student, determine how long the student will need to completely pluck the turkey. (The amount of time varied from 1 to 5 minutes, depending on the level of the student and the number of feathers on the turkey.)
- When the timer starts, the student plucks one feather at a time and plays or names the note. In this version, the teacher loses a turn feathers are just like a freebie feather.
- (Occasionally, I surreptitiously stop the timer while they aren’t looking to make sure they finish in time.)