Playing board games tends to be really popular or something hardly ever done in a family. In this video, we share how to take your family board game playing to the next level.
Update: We no longer sell the kits to make your own family board games that Marissa mentions at the end of this video.
The Benefits For Your Family
Making your own family board game has several potential positives:
- It gives everyone in the family a chance to practice cooperating.
- It’s a fantastic chance for the creatives in your family to really shine.
- There will be teachable moments to talk about “not always getting what we want.” Not every idea that everyone has is going to make it into the game.
- You’re creating something that has the chance to become a family legend while:
- having fun,
- teaching valuable skills
- building your family legacy by investing in time together.
To make your own family board game the first thing to do is figure out the point of the game. For us it was to help Rilee keep learning her colors, and to learn to take turns. So we had a dice with 3 green sides and 3 red sides, if you get a green side you get to run around the house and find a stuffed animal with the color you need. (We took the color square with us while we ran so we didn’t forget what color we were looking for.) If you get a red side, you can’t go and have to wait for your next turn. The first to build their rainbow wins.
How To Make “Rilee’s Rainbow Run”
To make the game all I did was:
- Colored three sides of a square dice red and the other three sides green.
- Cut out 4 squares each in: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
- I then put velcro on the back of the color squares and on the box so they wouldn’t fall all over the place in case the game got bumped. If I wouldn’t have had the velcro, I still would have made the game.
- Finally I put popsicle sticks between the 4 different “rainbows” so it would be easier to remember who’s line was who’s. Again, you don’t need to do this.
Tips For A Successful Game Making Experience:
- Start with the point. Is your game for learning (math, memory or reading), fun, trivia of some type (Bible, science, history), or character building (sharing, giving, listening, or helping) don’t try to have your game be EVERYTHING, just 1 or 2 things.
- Who’s making what? If it’s simply going to be stressful having your toddler help then make this yourself and play the game as a family. If you have older kids who want to help, that’s great!
- Involve those who can be. If your kids are old enough to create the game, talk with them about what type of game it should be.
- Make it official. If there are rules, write them down so you can remember them.