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Homemade Board Games
Type: Games   Skills: Language & LiteracyMath & NumbersSocial & Emotional Skills
In this activity, you’ll learn how to create a board game which can be a great way to teach your child patience since game-playing involves waiting to take your turn. Homemade Board Games
What We Learn
Memory skills
Supply List
Construction paper
Glue or tape
Find a large, flat piece of cardboard to use as your main game board.

Use a marker to draw straight lines across, dividing the playing board into four long rectangular playing areas.

Mark the start and end of each player’s game piece area by cutting four different colors of construction paper and gluing strips at both ends. Mark one end “Start” and the other end “Finish.”

For each of the four playing areas, create game positions for each player to move from their start line to their finish line. Create about 30 spaces that each player needs to move to get from their own start area to their own finish area. You can either draw shapes, use gold star stickers, or can cut and paste small pieces of construction paper to represent each position space.

After you’ve finished creating your playing board, you can “laminate” it by covering it with clear packing tape so that the playing surface lasts a long time.

Find items around the house which you can use as your game pieces to move on the board. Perhaps it’s a small toy car, or a building block, or a salt shaker. Just remember to choose pieces which are age-appropriate. Don’t choose a small object that could become a choking hazard.

To play the game, each of the four players takes turns rolling a single dice. Whatever they roll is how many ever spaces they move their game piece forward on the board. Everybody keeps playing until every player has finished moving their piece into the finish area.

If you don’t have any dice, you can create your own by taking a cube-shaped box, cut construction paper to cover the sides of it, then drawing the appropriate dots on the six sides.

Instead of a dice, you could also create a spinner. Draw a circle and divide the circle into six equal pieces and write numbers 1 through 6. Cut out a cardboard in the shape of an arrow and fasten it to the center of your spinner.

As a twist to the game, you can create a spinner with different colors instead of numbers. Instead of taking turns in order every time, you can spin the spinner to see what color the arrow points to. That player then gets to roll the dice to move his or her piece that many spaces.

As your children get older, you can create more advanced board games with different objectives and strategies.
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