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Letís Play a Game
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Activity Time||One hour to create the game and then time to play|
- Blank file folders, posterboard, or other sturdy paper
- Colored paper, markers, crayons, glue, scissors
- Note cards
- Envelopes or zipper-seal bags
- Paper clips
- Items that can be used as tiles, such as small cardboard or posterboard cutouts
- Sample Circular Board Design
- Sample Tile Design
- Sample Triangle Board Design
- Working together, decide what kind of game will be created. Think about and share what kind of games you like to play and how you can make your own. You can also look at a list of games and their rules to get some ideas.
- Most games have a purpose-what will be the purpose of your game? Will the winner capture the most pieces? Does the hero need to get to the heroine? Do you want the highest score or the lowest?
- Collect all of the needed supplies.
- If making a board game:
- Open the folder and draw the game board. You can also glue one of the sample board designs to the inside of the folder or posterboard. The layout should cover as much of the inside of the sturdy paper as it can with the game board.
- Write the name of the game on the folder tab.
- If creating a card game or dice game, plan what will be on the cards and/or the recording sheets.
- If making a game with tiles, write letters, numbers or words on them to fit into the game.
- Once the board or other materials have been created, write the game's instructions. Include a title, materials needed, game play steps, and any diagrams that will help people play your game.
- Create additional game pieces and question cards if needed. Paper clips with colored paper attached to them make great player markers.
- Decorate the front cover of the folder with the game title and other pictures and images.
- Place all game pieces and question cards in envelopes. Zipper-seal bags attached to the game board with tape also make great pockets to hold question cards and game pieces.
- Once the game has been designed and created, play it to see if everything makes sense. If not, make adjustments until the game can be played.
- Play and have fun!
- Boxes or circles could be arranged to form pathways.
- One large circle could be formed for players to work their way toward the middle.
- Games can be based on children's favorite games: Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly, Yahtzee, or Scrabble.
- The game can be based on a favorite book, TV show, or movie.