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Bored Of Board Games? Create Your Own Collection

Put those boring old board games back on the shelf and get ready to liven up your family fun nights.

Brian Sandstrom · 11 months ago

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Put those boring old board games back on the shelf and liven up your family fun nights by creating your own new board game together! Combine your imaginations with these premade templates to build and shape your very own family board game. Have you always wanted to play a board game about sharks? Maybe about digging up dinosaur fossils? Here’s everything you need to build a game with all your favorite elements.

Supplies:

  • Scissors

  • Drawing materials

  • Construction paper

  • Dice

  • Two-pronged paper fastener and paper clip

  • Small figures or hand-drawn tokens for characters

  • Cardboard or printer for game board

 Teresa Short / Getty Images

Teresa Short / Getty Images

Instructions:

  1. 1.

    Pick one of the board types below, or use them to inspire a creation of your own.

  2. 2.

    Decide on the theme of your game. Examples could be: exploring the snowy arctic, discovering Atlantis and all of its wonderful sea creatures, conquering the world as a supervillain genius baby, or something special that your family all loves to do together.

  3. 3.

    Print out one of the templates or draw your board. Does the board have any shortcuts? Maybe obstacles that players have to cross or go around?

  4. 4.

    Create the rules of your game. This is the part where you can get really creative. Can you move backwards or sideways? Do you have to answer questions before you can move? See if you can fit them to your theme.

  5. 5.

    Decorate your board! You can draw, use stickers, or even print out pictures.

Board Style: The Race

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Heeral Chhibber / CAMP

Recommended Set Up:

  1. 1.

    Print out the template or draw your own board, imagining this game is a race and you want to get from the start to the finish first!

  2. 2.

    Create the pathway between the start and finish boxes. You could move left to right, up and down, or build your own unique course.

  3. 3.

    Write a rule on every space on your customized board. Examples could be: lose a turn, do a silly dance, or switch places with the person sitting next to you! How will you make them fit your theme?

  4. 4.

    For movement, use dice or create your own circular spinner. To make your own spinner, draw a circular pie with equal sized slices. Put a two-pronged paper fastener (a brad) through the middle of the circle. Place a paper clip around the brad so it can spin freely. Now you can flick the paper clip just like a board game spinner. Number the pie slices so you know how many spaces to move.

Board Style: Maze Of Collection

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Heeral Chhibber / CAMP

Recommended Set Up:

  1. 1.

    Print out the template and cut out the individual squares. Or cut your own squares from sturdy cardboard or construction paper.

  2. 2.

    On each square draw a different pathway like a maze. Could be straight, left turn, right turn, or an intersection.

  3. 3.

    Create and designate a pathway square for each player’s character piece to start on.

  4. 4.

    On some of the pathways draw treasure! Or special items that fit your desired theme.

  5. 5.

    Shuffle all of the pieces and randomly place them on the table to make a large rectangular maze. Don’t worry about dead ends! They’re part of the fun.

  6. 6.

    On your turn you get to switch two pieces in the maze to try and create pathways that lead to the treasure! Or block your opponents with dead ends. The first player to collect all the treasure pieces wins!

1. Board Style: Create And Collaborate

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Heeral Chhibber / CAMP

Recommended Set Up:

  1. 1.

    Print out the template or draw your game board. Choose six colors to fit your theme. Color in each square on your board as one of these colors!

  2. 2.

    Cut out square pieces of paper and color them with the same six colors on the game board. When you draw a color card, you move to the next corresponding space.

  3. 3.

    On some of the cards, draw danger symbols. Set a special rule for these cards. For example: Your family wants to bake a pie for a picnic. The danger cards are rotten fruit. If your team draws five rotten fruit cards before everyone reaches the finish, you lose, since you can’t finish your pie. The more danger cards, the harder the game!

After you have imagined, designed, and created your board game, it is time for the pieces. You can use anything! LEGO minifigs or action figures make great moving pawns, and you can open your piggy bank to use coins as collectable tokens.