Creepy eyeballs have always gotten my attention around Halloween. They are so colorful and well- creepy! I have seen posts by regular classroom teachers and came up with my own game. Read on to get my creepy eyeball ideas with freebies, other music teachers’ ideas with freebies and a classroom teacher’s ideas with freebies, just in time for Halloween!
Where did I get those creepy eyeballs and pumpkin trays? I got them at Dollar Tree. If you can’t find the eyeballs there, the Halloween stores also carry them. If you can’t find the pumpkin tray, you can use an egg carton.
I came up with some short melodic phrases to put on the ball and a creepy eyeball active activity where students will start in 2 teams with a container for each team’s eyeballs to play a fun game.
First review the ten phrases for the class on your promethean or smart board or posters, having kids figure them out.
Make two teams. The first person on the team will take a creepy eyeball out of the container and sing it. He can turn to the team if help is needed to sing it. He will then put the eyeball on a spoon and walk it carefully down to the pumpkin tray. If it falls, he must go back behind the original line and start again and then put it into the spot with solfa (solfege) that matches the melody.
When every spot in the pumpkin tray is filled, the teacher will check to see if it is correct. If any are not correct, the teacher will put those ones back into the container behind the team line and the team will continue to play until it is filled. The first team with the tray filled with the correct answers will win.
**This same game could be used using an egg carton, instead of using the pumpkin tray. I also added a 2D pumpkin tray and 2D eyeballs in case you can’t find the creepy eyeballs near you.
While writing my blog post, I saw that Tina Morgan wrote on Facebook about an activity she did using crazy eyeballs. She made a station where students would take an eyeball with dynamic symbols out of a plastic cauldron and put them into containers with labels that with the meaning of each dynamic symbol. Tina gave me permission to share her game and make labels and pieces for making it.
Once they matched the eyeballs, she hoped to have them write the Italian term, the dynamic symbol and the meaning on a worksheet. She found that she ran out of time in the short time she had, but could do that in another period.
Get my Melody Match, along with things for Tina’s Eyes on Dynamics game, plus pieces to also use the dynamics in my game as well!
I also found that Tracy King has written about using rhythm for her Creepy eyeballs. You can read about her activity at her blog. She has the funnest activities!
Finally, read about some activities and get some freebies if you are a regular classroom teacher at Kindergarten Smorgasbord’s blog. She made ten frames and lots of fun activities!