Build a board game while playing a board game… wait! what?!
Call me sentimental but I love opening new chapters of family life. I love imagining where this new phase will take us and how things will change as we enter it. Do you day dream about the future like this too?
I’m not just talking about big new chapters (like potty training or moving into a toddler bed) but little chapters, like when toddlers stop putting things in their mouths or can start to play simple games.
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We have now entered the board games chapter of life and thank.god because I love a good board game. I’ve also been accused of being a total Monica Gellar at them but we’ll save that confessional for another post.
This is about DIY board games.
My son (3.5) has suddenly rounded the childhood corner into game play.
Chutes and Ladders.
I feel like card games are on the horizon and schooling him up on cribbage doesn’t seem so far down the road any more. I can’t wait to play more and more board games as a family.
I started thinking about this new love of board games…and then my mind wandered to our current love of dot stickers and then to a post I saw on Instagram from @HappyTotShelf.
I knew we had to make a DIY board game.
But there’s a twist.
First, the materials –
- dot stickers
- cardboard or kraft paper
- game pieces – we went with Lego figures
Making this board game is a game all its own
We grabbed a big chunk of card board, the stickers and dice to make our own board game. To make it, we rolled the dice and put stickers down in one color.
Back and forth we went, taking turns, sharing and talking about the numbers.
Counting, recognizing numbers by quantity, until we had completed our “loop” around the board.
I added a quick “S” and “F” to mark the beginning and end of the game and we were ready to rock and roll.
Loving our own board game
Isn’t there always something more magical about things you make yourself?
Well this DIY board game is that in spades for my son. He loves it and he’s so proud of it!
We take turns rolling the dice and moving our Lego men around the path.
I know it’s no wild and crazy game but it’s perfect for a three year old just learning to play.
I’m sure your family could come up with all sorts of twists and turns for this simple DIY board game idea. I’m sure my son and I will change up the rules or game play as he gets better and better with board games, but until then – this one is perfect for us.
Will you make a DIY Board Game with your family?
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