Review: Whirligig Games

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One of the games we played at our summer piano camp was Rhythm Riot. Rhythm Riot is a fun rhythm game created by Whirligig. Keys to Imagination LLC recently took over Whirligig. So if you wondered what happened to all the fun Whirligig games, just head on over to and you will be able to find them.

If you are familiar with Rhythm Riot 1-2 there is NOW a Rhythm Riot 3-4 available!

Level 1 covers quarter, half, dotted half and whole notes. Level 2 adds in Eighth notes and rests (both single and pairs).The tempo spinner for both 1-2 includes Andante, Moderato, and Allegro.

Level 3 covers quarter and rest, dotted quarter note, eighth note, dotted eighth note, eighth rest, sixteenth notes, eighth note triplets, Syncopation. Level 4 adds quarter note triplets, dotted sixteenth notes and rests. The tempo spinner for 3-4 includes: Grave, Largo, Adagio, Moderato, Andante, Allegro, Lento, Presto and Vivace


First students spin the tempo wheel and set the metronome to that tempo…



Then students draw a card and show it to all the rest of the students. If they have the rhythm on their card (similar to bingo) they can mark it.




Then students clap or play the rhythm with rhythm instruments together.




IMG_6390Win the “Riot” by having a row covered!

Just a quick hint on Rhythm Riot. If you have 6-8 players playing this game but don’t want to spend a lot of time on it, combine 2-3 cards at a time for a shorter version.

Another game we played at camp this year was Legato Lake, a bingo like game that reviews music symbols.


One of my favorite Whirligig games that I have used many times and will be using again next year during  group class or camp is Space Place. Space Place is a game that reviews melodic and harmonic interval recognition.

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Check out all the Whirligig games here. I have almost all of them and have enjoyed them all throughout the years. The most recent games released since Keys To Imagination took over Whirligig are Rhythm Riot 3-4, Triple Threat Tiles – Level 1 and 2 (terms and symbols) and have re-done Note Wordy 1. There are a lot more games to come!

The quality of the Whirligig games are high and lasts a long time over a period of time. I’ve had some of mine for well over 10 years and they are still in great condition. The great thing about these games is they are games that aren’t too long so they could be used in any setting. During private lessons, a group lesson/class and a camp setting.

Do you receive the Keys to Imagination newsletter? If not, be sure you subscribe as it will contain ideas for creating variations on the games.

Keys to Imagination has shared a coupon code for teachers to use. When ordering use coupon code JF14 for $5 off of two or more games. This code is only good for one week, so don’t delay. Have fun playing!

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