Building community within our studios is an important part of both growing our studios and also maintaining and marketing to the students and families we have.
The term “community” can be defined as:
A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Our studio students aren’t going to get feelings of fellowship by simpling coming in and out of a solo piano lesson week after week.
There are a variety of ways we can build community into our studio offerings including group classes, recitals and more (see the Varsity Musician’s Playbook Series).
Sometimes though, it can be even simpler than that.
Enter the candy jar!
Like a Kid in a Candy Store
We’ve all done them – the “guess how many X are in the jar” contests. Whether it’s a jar of pennies, buttons, or a jar of colorful skittles, who wouldn’t get a little excited to try their luck at guessing the number of pieces?
Some simply throw a number onto a piece of paper and call it a guess, others methodically count as many as they can on the outside then calculate their number based on the size of the jar.
No matter what item the jar is full of or how you come up with your number, it’s always a fun to take a guess.
Today I have a free printable for you to set up your own “guess the pieces of candy in the candy jar” contest.
Yeah, you could do pennies but I’m sure you would agree that your kiddos will get more wide-eyed at a jar of colorful sugar pieces than a jar of brown pennies. 🙂
The download includes an 8×10 PDF contest page announcement. I laminate mine and set is on a small easel I bought at Walmart. It also includes a PDF with 30 guessing cards. Put out an empty jar for them to throw their guess into and you’re good to go!
This is a fun contest to set up during a group class week. The kids get all excited and congregate around the jar secretly trying to calculate their guess.
Valentines week is also a fun time to do it as well.
I hope your students enjoy this fun little studio-wide contest!