While doing all my planning and research for the upcoming camp, World Adventure!, I put together a game played in many countries including South Africa - a country we will be visiting this summer! Shut the Box! is a counting game and typically includes a wooden board and tiles. We're using dice and a cardstock game board I made.
The same player continues to roll the dice until the individual notes or combination of notes are used up and they cannot cross off any more of the boxes. The dice are then passed to a new player who will do the same. The player with the most boxes crossed off is the winner.
I tested this game...on myself since I don't want my students to see it until the week of camp...and it was fun! The higher numbers are harder to get, so I would recommend students use combinations first, especially if they roll note values associated with higher beats. Rolling two whole notes will be the only way to get an 8!
If you don't have rhythm dice, you can simply add stickers to regular dice. Here are the notes you need to have on both dice - whole note, half note, dotted half note, quarter note, quarter rest and two beamed eighth notes. I laminted my game boards so they are easy to wipe off and reuse.
I hope you enjoy this bit of "world flavor" in your studio or classroom!