The tables below share some great resources we've found for using games to teach visual art and music skills to elementary age students. These games were all chosen based on teacher use and recommendation. If you have similar games to share, add them in the "comments" section on the bottom of this page. Music Games:
Staff wars comes recommended from elementary and middle school teachers is a fun way for students to learn the notes on the treble, alto, or bass clef staff. Simply download the game to get started!
Classics for Kids
The "Classics for Kids" website features all sorts of information about classical music, including a "composer of the month." The site includes four great games that teach notes, basic rhythm, and allow students to create their own music.
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The San Francisco Symphony hosts this "SFS Kids" website with many resources, including this "Music Lab" for kids. Send your students here to learn basic music concepts and to try their hand at composing themselves.
Getty Games, created by the Getty Museum Art Museum in Los Angelos, allows kids to get to know and manipulate famous works of art as they match, puzzle, and paint their way through important art skills.
This game comes recommended from beginning music teachers and asks students to read a note name on the staff, and play it correctly on a keyboard. Great for beginning percussion and piano students!
The flying instruments games teach students the Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, and String families using audio clips from The Nutcracker combined with pictures.
This highly-acclaimed game has won numerous awards for educational gaming, and teaches ear training as students have to identify and select matching sounds in a cacophony of distractions.
Orchestra Game from "The Magic Flute"
As children identify the correct instruments, each instrument takes its place in the orchestra. This game teaches instrument identification, orchestra seating and sections, and introduces students to Mozart's The Magic Flute. Created by the same makers as Alice's 12 Steps (above), it is well-recommended.
Visual Art Games:
This page allows students to color online, allowing them to change and redo their pictures easily. Teaches color combination and choices, and allows students to share their work in an online gallery. A great introduction to basic graphic design skills!
Color With Leo
The "Color with Leo" website includes lesson plans for teachers and parents, coloring pages to print, 8 "Art Studio" online art lessons, and 9 games that include topics such as identifying shapes and colors.
Warm & Cool Colors Level 1
This game challenges students to learn and separate warm and cool colors. This "level 1" version helps students identify the difference.
Warm & Cool Colors Level 2
This game challenges students to identify and separate warm and cool colors.
Nick Jr. Kid's Art Games
This page by Nickelodeon boasts 21 art games and activities of many kinds, including coloring, drawing, 3D model manipulation, 2D matching, and more.
Destination Modern Art
In this "intergalactic mission" students help a being from outer space learn about modern art by visiting the Museum of Modern Art and P.S. 1 Contemporary studio in Manhattan.