Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Skittles Board Game with an Easter Twist!

While I totally enjoyed my spring break, I'm slowly getting back into the teaching groove. I wanted to do something fun this week to help my students get back into the swing of lessons after their own spring break from school, so I took Susan Paradis' Skittles board game and modified it using...jelly beans! I know this isn't the most creative, but I had to find some way to use the up the leftover jelly beans without eating them all myself! ;)

Anyway, if you're not familiar with the game, check out this post from Susan's website for more details. Basically, students draw a card with a note name on it (Bass G, Treble F, etc.) and then place a skittle (or jelly bean!) on the correct note on the grand staff gameboard that's also included. A fun and yummy way to review notes!

For my younger students I'm simply adapting the game using a tabletop keyboard. After they draw their card, they place the jelly bean on the correct key.

Have you been playing any fun Easter or spring related games with your own students recently? I'd love to hear about them!


  1. I am planning on playing this game next week, but I was pondering what to do with my youngest student who doesn't know the notes on the staff yet. I had thought about making cards for him that just said "line note" and "space note", but your idea of using a keyboard is an even better idea! I already have some keyboards I could use. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Glad I could be of help :) Let me know how it works out!

  3. Easter Game
    Change the words for "Button You Must Wander" to "Egg You Myst Wander" and pass a small plastic egg instead of a button.

    Who is in the Egg?
    One student is chosen to be "It" and hides his or her eyes while another student is covered with a colored cloth representing the egg shell. The person in the cloth disguises his or her voice by singing "Easter Egg". "It" tries to guess who must be under the cloth by the sound of the voice and who is missing from the class. My students love this game - grades K-3.