Home Made Board Game

Home Made Board Game

15th December 2016 1 By Zoe

I’ve been thinking what to get the kids for Christmas and realised we don’t actually have many board games in the house. So I thought instead of buying one, we could make one together.

I had a perfect cardboard box from a delivery yesterday that had yet to make it to the recycle bin so I cut out one of the sides ready for Osito and Pebble to do the rest.

It was the perfect opportunity to show Osito about right angles and measuring so I grabbed the set square and ruler from the workshop and we set about making our board square.

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He drew it out perfectly, then after cutting it out, they both got the paints out and turned it into their own little masterpiece.

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We then needed to draw a grid as I had planned on a type of snakes and ladders game. So while the paint was drying, we got out the Spielgaben blocks to work out how many squares we should make on the board and what size they should be.

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I wasn’t sure how much he would understand, but he surprised me and took most of it on board (pardon the pun!)

Next we measured out the grid and drew in the lines in black marker. I gave it a coat of PVA glue mix (50/50 water/PVA) to seal in the paint and give it a shinier look.

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Osito and I drew some poles and slides on paper (his ideas, instead of snakes and ladders) and he cut them out. We worked out the positioning on the board and glued them down. I then painted the numbers on and gave it a final coat of PVA to seal it all in.

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One new board game, ready to roll!  We decided on the rules, chose some small characters to use as pieces, and got on with a game! We all love it, it’s something created with love that they will play with again and again!

This one activity involved art, design, measuring, sharing, counting, making and playing, not bad for an afternoons work! We love home ed!