Whenever we listen to music, I always try and talk to N about the different musical instruments that are playing.  He mostly doesn’t get involved with discussions, but I like to talk to him about the different sounds and ways of playing the instruments.

He’s also started playing the trombone.  Well, acting as though he’s playing a trombone.  I’m quite impressed how he

  1. knows what a trombone is, and
  2. gets the actions totally right, with the pursed mouth and arm moving the ‘slide’.

So I think it’s probably time to get him listening better to the music we play.  At the moment, he’ll quite happily beat out the basic rhythm which he seems quite good at, and the next things I want to do is find some music which features the trombone and other recognisable instruments.

Then I had a brainwave and remembered back to my GCSE music exam where we would be played a piece of music and would have to mark on the score the various instruments, change of key, dynamics, tempo etc.  It was one of my favourite parts of doing music, and something I was quite good at.

Obviously that would be too hard for preschoolers, but I decided I would make Musical Bingo instead.

Musical Bingo - Bubbablue and me

I’ve created some downloadable Musical Bingo sheets.  I’m planning on laminating them, then children can mark on the sheets and it can be wiped off to be used again at a later date.  If you want to make your own, it’s just a case of either cutting out pictures of different instruments and sticking them onto boards or paper, or creating a board on powerpoint or the like

Musical Bingo for children - Bubbablue and me

The ones I created are a random mix of instruments, so it’s unlikely that any one piece of music will incorporate all of them, but that means we can listen to several music cds and just mark as we go.

The alternative would be to have different boards:

  • section of the orchestra – woodwind, brass, percussion, strings to help children understand the different types of instruments and their similarities
  • genres of instruments – rock, classical, suitable for listening to different types of music.

If you want to play the musical bingo with more than one person and compete, you’d probably be best having an orchestral set of boards in order to be able to tick all the instruments off to win.  But if you’re playing to help a child learn about and listen for the instruments in a piece of music, then a board of a random mix would work fine.

To play, just play a track and listen out for the instruments.  If you hear them, circle the instrument, tick them off or put a counter on them. Once you’ve reached the end of the piece, it’s a great reason to then talk about the different musical instruments.

N’s going to love this game, hopefully it means we’ll get to listen to a whole track rather than just the first minute.

Do you play any musical games with your children?  Please do share them with me, and also go an link up over at my #MusicExploration linky.

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14 Comments

  1. What a great idea. I have always played music and I can see my son being interested in music too. This sounds like a great way to get hime to listen to what he is hearing, introducing him to different types of music.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

    • Probably worth a try then. Really simple and fun because you can make it as complex or easy as you need to with different ages.

  2. Stuff Babies Need

    That is such a good idea! Thanks for the download.

    I wonder if you could find the same piece of music but played with different instruments.

    • That would be a good idea. you could have one track orchestral, then one only piano, another a different instrument. I’m sure with youtube it wouldn’t be that hard.

      Thanks for stopping by

  3. We play a small guitar that my brother-in-law owns but we both dont know how to play it =P

    I notice that my son loves those songs in the movies where the singer is accompanied by raw guitar.

    I wish I know how to play to inspire my son to learn it more.

    #Letkidsbekids

    • I agree that real instruments attract children so much more than cds or anything like that. N loves playing his toy guitar – I’d love to get him (and me) a ukelele when he’s big enough. I’m always up for learning new instruments

  4. What a great idea and so fun too. Love it. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me and for all the amazing linky support in 2014! I can’t thank you enough. Happy Holidays! #sharewithme

    • No worries, it’s a nice happy linky to join in with. Thanks for all your visits to my blog as well. Hope you get over your cough by Christmas

  5. That looks good fun – I remember those days of music o levels, my favourite was the theory part. I could whizz through those papers in no time at all 🙂 #sharewithme

    • I hated the theory part. The first written exam I took and failed was my Grade 3 theory,that I needed to be able to do my Grade 5 clarinet exam. Luckily I passed it second time round (and only dropped a mark). I was much better at the practical part.

    • N spotted the sheets on the side this morning, and we didn’t have time to play, so we’re playing them this evening. Really simple but educational too.

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