Make Your Own Board Games
Sure, you could buy your child the games they want (and I really hope you do!), but why not take it a step beyond and give them everything they need to make their own game? When you make your own board games, you engage parts of your brain that normally lie dormant when playing games. Making board games is a great way to enhance whatever your child is learning or interested in, it also engages their brains in some higher order thinking. And let’s face it, you’ll be the hero of the game!
Making board games is an extraordinary testing alternative, it’s a fabulous story writing and handwriting activity, and it’s a great tool for teaching your child critical thinking. What follows is a list of some of the supplies my children & I have found most helpful in our game creation process.
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Books About Designing Board Games
Designing a game isn’t as easy as you may think, so start with a great book about the subject. Make Your Own Board Game by Mila Moore is a good place to start. In this book the author will take you step-by step from conception to fruition. For readers who are a little more advanced and experienced, The Board Game Designer’s Guide is a great resource.
Another really great book, more for parents and older children, is Game Logic. Game Logic takes readers through the hows and whys of creating STEM-based learning games for all ages.
Supplies You’ll Need to Make Your Own Board Game
Blank Playing Cards, Glossy – DIY Game Cards, Memory Game, Flash Cards by Learning AdvantageValue Pack of 12 – Blank board game stand-up player pieces with multi-color card stands – 2 Sets of 6 – markers pawns tokens DIYCryptozoic Mighty Meeples DC Justice League Collection TinApostrophe Games 100 Multi-Color Wooden Meeples – Standard Size (16mm)100 Assorted 25mm Halma Game Pawns in 8 Colors, About 12 Pawns Per Color by Brybelly
Blank DIY Dry Erase Game Boards, 2 packCrayola Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Low Odor, 8 CountUniversal Game Pieces for DIY board gamesBlank Game Board with box, perfect for DIY gamesCaliart 100 Alcohol Markers, Dual Tip
Nakimo 16MM Blank White DicePlay Money for DIY board gamesGlow-in-the-dark blank 12-sided die setSpark!Lab – Invent The Greatest Board Game Kit60 Real Metal Coins with Leather Pouch, great for DIY board games
Make Your Very Own -Opoly Board GameMake Your Own Game Board Complete Kit200 Blank Square Playing Cards, matte100-pack Translucent & Solid Game DieApostrophe Games Blank Circle Playing Cards (Aqueous Finish)
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