Music Note Manipulatives & Music Note Activities for Early Music Learners

Music Note Manipulatives

Music Note Manipulatives for Early Music Learners

Here’s a really quick way to make some easy, durable, and cheap music note manipulatives. I used craft foam sheets – you can find multicolor packs in most craft aisles or here’s an Amazon Affiliate Link to some to order!

Craft Foam

Music Note Manipulatives for Early Music Learners

I cut out note shapes out of the foam using the colors as close to Boomwhackers as I could. I only used note heads as my goal for this activity was a VERY basic intro to composition and learning to read lines from left to right. There was no need for stems or flags as I’m not focusing on rhythm concepts at this time. We will do our best to play our songs with a steady beat, however! The notes don’t need to be perfect, and as you can see, mine are a bit rough – but they do the job!

Freebie Music Note Manipulative Product on TpT

Another option – I made a quick Freebie of manipulatives you can print and cut out. Music Note Manipulatives Freebie Link

Personally I prefer the foam cut outs because they are more durable, unless you laminate the printed version.

But if you do download this free product, do me a favor and leave us a review on our store if you found it useful!!

Music Note Activities for Early Learners

Placing music note manipulatives.

I use these with my own 3 year old toddlers to do some very basic composition and note reading activities. We take turns picking what color comes next, typically they want to just put them in rainbow order 🤣. Again, my goal for this activity was a VERY basic intro to composition and learning to read lines from left to right. I have varying degrees of success with my three year olds, but I don’t expect a ton from them at this age. This activity can work well for pre-school, kindergarten, and even the first few years of grade school!

Write out a tune with the color notes.

Another activity I do with my toddlers is to “write out” a melody they know. So I’ll place the notes in the order of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, then play it for them and work on melody recognition.

Other good songs to do: Row Row Row Your Boat, Mary Had a Little Lamb, This Old Man, etc.!

Thanks for reading!

I hope this can be useful in some way to you in your classroom or with your own children! I’m hoping to do some more activities like these in the coming months so if you liked this be sure to follow us on our socials (top and bottom of page) to stay updated. Thanks!!

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