There's nothing like making a teaching aid to jump-start motivation for a new teaching term! I've had the supplies to make these gems ever since Joy posted about the ones she made. They were really quite easy and fun to make!
I started out with a bag of floral gems from Michael's. They have a flat side and a convex side.
I simply typed up the letters of the piano alphabet on different colours of cardstock, and printed them off.
Then I traced a gem around each letter and cut out the circles.
I tried using craft glue, but found that it kind of "glumped" when it dried, and the outlines of glue could be seen through the gem. So I opted for a tiny ring of super glue around the edge of each gem, which dried quickly and invisibly!
I made 2 sets of the music alphabet, to facilitate both treble and bass review games.
The only downside is that the gems are too big for the piano keys. However, they are perfect for my large dry erase grand staff. And I can envision them being used to build chords....and inversions....Next up is to make a sharp and flat set so that we have every possibility of chord- even dominant and diminished 7ths! Oh, the fun!
Did you make any teaching aids over your holiday break?