Bats and Cats Note Board Game

Halloween Board Game

Halloween Board Game – 7 page file includes staff flash cards, keyboard flash cards, and back for cards

One of the reasons I started making my own games years ago is because I couldn’t find any affordable games for piano students that could be played in 5 minutes.  I need games that don’t take longer than going through flash cards.

After I made the LadyBug game and discovered how much students like it yet how well it helps students learn notes, I started making variations of it for different times of the year. [If you would prefer some Fall games without the Halloween theme, you will find them on the Halloween/Autumn page here. I’ve also made a lot of Thanksgiving games.]

But I added a twist to this version: The Card of Doom!

I originally posted this several years ago without the keyboard flash cards which are posted above in a separate file. You can use the other cards along with it. When I plan to use this game I post a sign on my door that says, “Beware the Card of Doom.” Of course my students know it’s just a joke.

The original file contains 7 pages:

  • The board game
  • The keyboard flash cards
  • Three pages of flash cards
  • Fun directional cards, including the Card of Doom
  • The optional colorful back

How to Print

  • Download and save the file.
  • For a fabulous looking game board, use photo paper and laminate.
  • Insert photo paper to print the game board. When the print box opens up, under “Pages to Print” select “Pages.” In the dialog box, type “1” because you are only printing the first page. Set it aside to dry.
  • Insert card stock to print the cards. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” again and type “2-6.” If you can only print one page of card stock at a time, type a different number for each page.
  • To print the optional back of the flash cards, re-insert the printed card pages so that you will be printing on the back. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” and type “7” because it is the 7th page that has the colorful back. [To keep from wasting ink, be sure you know how to do this. See my FAQ. ]

Game Instructions

This game can be played with students only, or teacher and student. The players take turns drawing cards and moving to the correct alphabet name. Mix up the note cards with the instruction cards.  The game is over when a player draws any note card after the last D. I try to make sure the students win more than they lose, so sometimes I have to get creative!

Objectives

  • To reinforce or learn note names on the staff
  • To learn the word “octave.”

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11 Comments

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11 Responses to Bats and Cats Note Board Game

  1. KathyG

    Thank you so much, Susan. I have made a small donation for this game, and for others I have used in the past. Most of my kids are older now, but they still love to play the old games. I hope every blog follower makes a small donation now and then — it’s small recompense for your hard work, creative gifts, and generous spirit!

  2. c walker

    Hi there! These games look so fun! Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us! I’ve been using your site for a while now. 🙂
    But I’m having a hard time getting any of these Halloween games/songs, etc to download. Has anyone else had any trouble with it today? Thanks, in advance!

    • Susan Paradis

      C Walker, no one has mentioned trouble today, but I know that sometimes if there is a lot of traffic things slow down.

  3. Ellen

    This game was so much fun, our child didn’t want to stop playing it! The “card of doom” was a huge hit, and I noticed a better grasp of note names immediately after playing the game.

  4. Marsha

    Love this game! We play it every year. Thank you!

  5. Andrew J Young

    Susan,
    The bats & cats game is one of the most popular during Halloween. They want to play or all the time. Thanks so much.

  6. Jill

    My students LOVE your ladybug game, so I know they’ll adore this one as well! Believe it or not, I’ve only won this game ONCE, but I’ve played it no less than 20 times. It was great when two sisters played together, and the older sister was teaching the younger sister. Thank you so much for creating all the wonderful material you create!

    • Susan Paradis

      Jill,
      You’re welcome. There is nothing I like doing more than helping students enjoy piano and learn theory in a fun way. I, also, have very bad luck and usually always lose, and that is a good thing! The more than win, the more they want to play. The more they play, the more they learn their notes!