Ducky Music Symbols Game can be played with 1 to 5 players. Thus making it a great game for students to play while the teacher is working with small groups.
Here's a list of items used to make the game.
- An old cologne box (Any small box would do.)
- 16 small rubber duckies
- 16 playing cards
- Sharpie Permenent Marker
The playing cards for the game were made from this wonderful link on Scholastic.com.
The rubber duckies were purchased at a party store. With a Sharpie marker, each music symbol was written on the bottom of each duck. This could also be done with rhythms or notes on a specific clef.
Once all the ducks were labeled and flash cards were made, the instructions on how to play the game and a key was typed up and glued inside the box. The key was added to the game for the students who might not remember what the music symbol looks like just by seeing the name.
The original plan was to have a small container with water to have the ducks float on top, much like a carnival game. Unfortunately, these duckies continued to float face down, thus showing the music symbol. So, if you would like to use water, make sure that the ducky is heavier on the bottom than the head.
*Please note an error in the key of the instructions. (mp should read mezzo piano, not mezzo forte).
The kiddos really enjoyed playing the game and it gave me time to work with a small group that needed some extra help. Extra time to help students and kids learning music symbols through a game is a win-win! Have fun!
UPDATE!! Here is a twist on the ducks. It shows that anything in the dollar store can work with a little imagination! Thank you Judy C. for sharing!