Funny Farm DIY Board Game

Funny Farm DIY Board Game

 (UPDATE 6/3/19: Anne Crosby Gaudet can now be found at a new website, and has updated her shop! Links here will continue to be updated as more resources are made available.)

When I opened my studio, this was one of the first games that I made for my students. This comes from Anne Crosbey Gaudet’s Piano Studio from Bedford, Nova Scotia. Her blog, Music Discoveries, is full of wonderful games, instructional videos, and materials for young piano students. Some of my favorites include her Music Discoveries series and her games such as Interval Octopus and Enharmonic Snap.

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… and there’s Henrietta again! She was really excited that we were going to feature this game. It’s one of her favorites! This game can be played with multiple students, or it can be a great single player game that allows students to test their knowledge of note names, music symbols, and rhythm.

UPDATED (2/17/15): Piano Anne offers a printable version of the game board for $4 CAD. If you’re in for a little DIY music crafting, this version is simple enough to make. Here’s a list of the items that you will need:

The new version of the game on Anne’s site is a printable game, but you can easily use the center image to create a picture frame board. It’s very easy to assemble! I’ve created a PDF with step-by-step DIY instructions, which you can download here or by clicking the image below: Funny Farm Game Board Directions. Because not all wooden picture frames are alike, I did not include exact measurements. This will allow for more individual freedom in designing your board.

Here’s a close-up of the board so you can get an idea of what the foam looks like. Most of the materials I used were things that I already had on hand. (It’s a great way to use up foam scrap if you have any laying around!) After you create the board, all you need to play are some game pieces, a die, and the Funny Farm cards.

This game is a great way to review general music knowledge, but it can also be a good way to teach students about half steps and whole steps. You can start by using only the white keys as the path, then progress to having students travel chromatically around the board once they learn about half steps.

Funny Farm with Cards

Henrietta and I hope that you enjoy our little tutorial. 

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8 Comments

  • by Bridey @ Pianosaurus Rex Posted February 24, 2014 6:55 pm

    That looks like heaps of fun! I bet my students will love it – a project for this weekend maybe? Thanks for sharing

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted February 24, 2014 8:02 pm

      You’re welcome, Bridey! I keep the board visible at the studio, rather than tuck it into the game drawer. Since it’s a picture frame, you could even hang it on the wall!

      Don’t you love it when function and form meet? 🙂

  • by Megan Posted February 25, 2014 12:35 am

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing. I’ll add this to my list DIY list! 🙂

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted February 25, 2014 9:15 am

      Thanks, Megan! Glad you liked it – it’s a fun little craft to put together 🙂

  • by pamturner Posted February 26, 2014 9:55 am

    Any chance you’d assemble one and sell it to me?

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted February 26, 2014 9:57 am

      Since it’s not my original game, I wouldn’t feel right doing so. Honestly, it’s so easy to assemble, anyone can do it! Start to finish, it only takes about twenty minutes to make.

  • by Christine I Araoka Posted June 2, 2019 10:18 pm

    Pianoanne’s link no longer directs us to her page. I’ve used the funny farm game before and have used this with my students! They absolutely love it. I wanted to reprint more copies but I cannot find the link to this 🙁 Can someone please help me with this?

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