DIY Board Game for Kids

DIY Board Game for Kids

Inside: DIY board game for kids.

Ever wish you could whip up a board game with the supplies you already own?

I am here to tell you it’s possible, and it’s LOADS of fun.

In fact, you can even set this up in under seven minutes.

Grab some bright markers, and let the games begin!

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Let’s talk about games with rules

When you think about play, you know it can take many different forms. There is imaginary play, constructive play, rough and tumble play, and as shown here, games with rules.

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Games with Rules teach children to wait for their turn, play fairly, and most of all, how to lose!

Sounds like a tall order doesn’t it?

Well it is! Taking turns, playing fairly, and how to lose all come with practice and time. We are still in the practicing phase over here and this is a great way to keep building momentum.

DIY board game for kids

Games with Rules are also important to prepare for Kindergarten.

In fact, according to the Common Core for Kindergarten, children will be asked to follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).

We can help our children understand how to take turns and follow agreed upon rules through games, and in conversations with this DIY board game.

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DIY board game for kids

Let’s get this DIY board game set up!

  • Tape down your white paper.

  • Use a black marker to create the outline of the game.

  • Divide the twisted circle into small sections.

  • Use three to four “scary” stickers and place them on your board. Mark these spaces for going backwards in the game.

  • Use three to four “happy” stickers and place them on your board. Mark these spaces for going forward in the game.

  • Add ladders for opportunities to advance.

  • Place your placeholders in the start section of the game.

  • Place a deck of cards or large dice next to the board.

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DIY game board


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Modify for one child:

  • Place only one placeholder at the start of the game.

  • Allow your child to roll the dice.

  • Allow your child to move their placeholder throughout the game board.

  • Additional option: Join in the fun!

RELATED: This version by Busy Toddler is perfect for one child play.

Have you tried a DIY board game with your kids?

DIY board game for kids

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