What’s your favourite way to welcome students back after a break from piano?
After I catch-up with them, and find out what musical adventures they’ve had, I love to warm them up with a music boardgame.
A boardgame is a fantastic way to ease back into lessons for so many reasons.
- It’s fun.
- It provides a quick refresher of concepts taught before the break.
- It gives your student some easy wins to boost their confidence.
- It sets them up for success when there piano skills might be a little rusty.
- It’s FUN. After a long first week back at school, this is big for my kiddos.
I wanted a fresh new game for my students to come back to. As much as they enjoy all the others (such as Bananas & Ladders, Musical Meander and Landmark X’s and O’s) a new game is always just that little bit more exciting. So I got to work putting together ‘Symbol SPLASH!‘.
There are four levels of cards included with Symbol SPLASH!. You can print all of these and choose the most appropriate for each student, use multiple sets to play the game with unequally levelled groups of students, or print just the one you want to use.
- Level 1: Landmark notes, simple time signatures, crotchet rest/quarter rest, minim rest/half rest, semibreve rest/whole rest, crotchets/quarter notes, minims/half notes, dotted minims/dotted half notes, semibreve/whole note, step, skip, forte, piano
- Level 2: Landmark notes, simple time signatures, crotchet rest/quarter rest, minim rest/half rest, semibreve rest/whole rest, quavers/eighth notes, crotchets/quarter notes, dotted crotchets/dotted quarter notes, minims/half notes, dotted minims/dotted half notes, semibreve/whole note, forte, mezzo forte, fortissimo, piano, mezzo piano, pianissimo allegretto, allegro, moderato, andante, diminuendo, crescendo, slur, staccato, rallentando, ritenuto, sharp, flat, natural
- Level 3: Landmark notes, simple time signatures, semiquaver rest/sixteenth rest, quaver rest/eighth rest, crotchet rest/quarter rest, minim rest/half rest, semibreve rest/whole rest, semiquavers/sixteenth notes, quavers/eighth notes, dotted quavers/dotted eighth notes, dotted crotchets/dotted quarter notes, dotted minims/dotted half notes, forte, mezzo forte, fortissimo, piano, mezzo piano, pianissimo, allegretto, allegro, moderato, andante, largo, adagio, cantabile, grazioso, dolce, diminuendo, crescendo, slur, staccato, accent, stress, fermata, poco rallentando, poco ritenuto, accelerando, a tempo, sharp, flat, natural, enharmonic
- Level 4: Less common time signatures, fortissimo, pianissimo, cantabile, grazioso, dolce, decrescendo, slur, staccato, accent, stress, fermata, portato, presto, sforzando, con moto, giocoso, più mosso, pedal, maestoso, lento, marcato, espressivo, larghetto, fortepiano, alla marcia, sempre piano, sempre forte, vivace
How to Assemble
- Download the zipped folder by clicking here. If you’re having trouble opening the zip file please download the separate files: Symbol Splash Cover Page, Symbol Splash Instructions & Gamecards, Symbol Splash Gameboard
- Print the game board, laminate if desired, and tape the two sections together.
- Print the card either with or without the decorative backing.
- Optionally print out the cover page and instructions. I use these to complete the pack so that it can also be part of my lending library. (More on that next week. 😉 )
- You will also need a dice and some game tokens. Tokens could be anything such as small toys, bead, paperclips, etc.
(Click on the image to download the files.)
How to Play
- Start with all game tokens on the first stepping stone and the game cards face down beside the game board.
- Player 1 rolls the dice and moves their token forward that number of stepping stones.
- Player 1 tries to answer/identify the top card on the card pile.
- If they answer correctly they stay put, if they don’t answer correctly they fall in the water and have to swim back to the first stepping stone.
- Continue until one player reaches the grassy knoll.
What’s a concept you’d love to see covered in a game?
Is there something that doesn’t seem to click with your students? Perhaps something you wish you had an off-bench activity for?