1. Make a Musical Board Game

Think Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders, or Candy Land! Make your own board and laminate it. Each week, write your practice items, review songs, and scales on the board. Find dice and some game pieces and play together as a family! Keep it simple or get extra creative with lots of rules, challenges, and components.

2. Make a Fortune Teller

Make a paper fortune teller and fill it with items on your practice list. Scales or rhythms go on the outside and songs & technique go on the inside flaps.

3. Build an Obstacle Course
Does your child need movement while practicing? Then this one’s for you! Set up an obstacle course either outside in the backyard or in the middle of the living room! Jump, spin, skip, run, and leap through as many challenges as you like.  Pillows, jump rope, blankets, hula hoops, whatever you have around will work great.

Then, pick 2 or 3 spots throughout the course to add stop signs. When your child gets there…FREEZE! You hand them the flute and they play through their song or repetition. Timing the race is fun, but pause the stop watch while they are actually playing. We don’t want to encourage messy, rushed praciting.

4. Draw a Card
Write everything you need to practice down on little pieces of paper. Fold each one up tight, like a secret message! Then drop the papers in a hat, shake it up, close your eyes and draw one at a time. Simple but fun!

You can also do this virtually by downloading a spinner app on your tablet or phone. Input your practice points, spin the wheel, and see what you get!

5. Color By Number

Everyone loves a good old color by number painting. Each number already is assigned a color. Your job is to assign it a practice point. Here are some examples:
1=Blue=G Major Scale
2=Orange=Finger Exercise
3=Green=New Song
4=Purple=Review Song

You can print color-by-number pages online! Go for simple ones that you can finish in one practice session or find a more complex one that will take you all week to practice and fill in!

This is so rewarding because you get a beautiful picture at the end. It also shows your child that each little piece matters, every repetition counts, and new skills (and artwork) are built one step at a time.

Happy practicing!