Making board games is an excellent way to encourage children's creative thinking, problem solving, as well as, development of mathematics and social skills. Most of all, it is a very exciting way of developing knowledge and understanding of the world - past, present or even future. Whilst creating the background for the game children apply their existing knowledge or learn more in order to make it more interesting. Being personally involved in deciding on rules, special events and in making a picture board creates a sense of adventure and makes learning fun.
How to create a board game?
1. Choose a theme.
Knights and Castles
2. List possible adventures (special fields) that can happen and the rules that go with them eg:
Waterfall – your path goes under the waterfall. You got so wet that you have to wait one turn to get dry.
3. Draw a smal symbolic picture for each adventure (special field) and cut out the stepping stones - different shape and colour for the special fields and the rest of the path.
4. Work on your game board by making some sketches and drafts before you start work on the final sheet of paper or card. Illustrate your game board to reflect the theme and adventures you have chosen .
5. Stick the stepping stones and the special fields onto the board to create the path for the playing pieces.
6. Make or adapt some small objects for the playing pieces and make or use shop bought dice.
7. When you finish the board remember to print or write down all the rules of the game as they might have changed in the process of making the game.
Here you can look at the rules for Rainforest Adventure and Prehistoric Adventure games.
8. Have fun playing the game!