Make Your Own Board Games

Make your own board games and you'll apply creative thinking, strategy and goal-setting to a final product that will provide hours of enjoyment (and a little healthy competition).

Make Your Own Board Games for Existing Games

You can save money and be crafty if you create boards for existing games. Most games need players' pieces and a board. You can use almost anything for players' pieces, from sets of different colored pebbles to sets of pieces of your own that you have made from clay. You can be as simple or as extravagant as you would like.

If this is the first time that you have played this particular game, you can simply sketch the board on a piece of paper. This way, if you decide that the game will probably not be among your favorites, you will not have invested a lot of time and effort.

If you like the game, you may want to make a more permanent board. Your board can be made of materials ranging from wood to fabric. A good compromise is to make the board out of corrugated cardboard. You can cut a piece from a corrugated box to make a board that is relatively durable, can be folded if needed and is relatively easy to handle. In addition, if the board gets damaged, you won't have to spend a lot of money replacing it.

Make Up Your Own Board Games

First, decide on the age group for this group. You may come up with a different game if you are planning to use it with seven year olds versus the whole family versus adults only.

Then, decide on a purpose. Do you want this game to be a learning game involving reading and counting skills? Do you want to use a combination of strategy and chance? Are you going to leave the results completely up to luck?

Next, pick a theme. Themes can run the gamut from fantasy to maps.

Now, get down to the fun. What will the rules be? How is a winner declared? How are you going to decorate your board? 

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