Music War Card Game
This fun game helps students with rhythms and is played just like the old card game "War."

The student with the longest note or rest wins and collects their partner (or teams) card. In order to prevent a lot of "wars," you can decide if you want to have notes win over rests, vice versa, or if they tie.

I usually give one set to a group of 2-3 students. It's great for sub plans because you won't have to keep photocopying new worksheets, etc. I just keep a box of card games for my sub tub. It can be time consuming to cut out, so if you would like a hard copy mailed to you, just email me at and we can work out a price.

2 separate sets for use!
1. A deck of notes and rests.
2. A deck of notes and rests with labeled duration values for younger students, or a transition set before moving to the unlabeled cards.

Updated Printing Tips:
1. Print cards (pages 2-7)
2. Cut out the cards in strips so that the canon graphic is still attached
to duration symbol.
3. Fold the strip so that there is an image on each side.
4. Glue/paste together.
5. Laminate but make sure there is a border so that the paper does not
peel at the edges!
*You could also cut each image glue the backs on and laminate.

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Created: Jun 26, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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