Diatonic Dominoes is a fun note name and note value game for 2-4 players. There are two sides to my dominoes one for note value practice and one for note name practice.
The blue side matches notes on the grand staff with letters, and the yellow side matches note values (including tied notes) of up to 6 beats.
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How to Make
- Get your hands on a cheap set of dominoes (I got mine at Euro2 which is the dollar store equivalent here in Ireland).
- Download the pdf which includes the blue and yellow domino labels, the box cover and the game instructions.
- Print the first two pages on label/sticker paper (aff.).
- Cut the individual labels apart.
- Stick the labels on the dominoes, yellow one side, blue the other.
- For extra durability “paint” with PVA glue (aff.) or varnish.
- Print out the last page if desired and cut apart. Stick the cover to the domino lid, and fold the instructions so they fit neatly inside.
How to Play
- Choose whether to play the note name or note value game with the blue or yellow side of tiles.
- If playing with 2 players, deal 7 dominoes to each player. If playing with 3/4 players deal 5 dominoes to each player.
- The first player puts down a domino in the centre of the table.
- Players then take turns to place a matching domino on the open end of a domino on the table.
- If the domino is a double it should be placed vertically. A blank tile can be used anywhere.
- If a player cannot go, they must pick a new tile from the “boneyard” (spare tiles) until they can play.
- The winner is the one to get rid of all their tiles, or the one with the least number of tiles when no more plays can be made.
Hope you like this game, my students and I have had a super time playing it together! Any questions, just leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you asap.