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Looking for a new activity to do with your kids under lockdown?

Grab all your craft supplies and challenge them to create their own board game!

DIY Your very own game

Encourage your little ones to use their imagination by coming up with a whole new board game. Let them come up with a fun name, make up the rules and even design all the pieces they need.

The simplest approach is “Point A to Point B” like Snakes and Ladders where the purpose of the game is to get from one point to another by rolling the die and counting each space on the game board path.

This is guaranteed to keep them entertained for a good few hours!

If they’re struggling to come up with a new concept, recreate existing popular board games like Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and Checkers.

Snakes and Ladders

Draw 100 blocks on a piece of cardboard and task your children with adding the snakes and ladders themselves and even adding a few extra “surprises” along the way, for instance, skip a turn when you land on a certain number, or bark like a dog until it is your turn again.

Let their creativity run wild.


Ludo is another classic game that's simple and entertaining. (If you've forgotten how to play, follow this link here.)

Recreate the playing board by following this tutorial and have your children use bottle caps, or wine corks as tokens.

If you don't have a dice, download a dice shaker app on your phone.


Checkers is one of the oldest games known to man, with origins tracing back to ancient Mesopotamia. It's a great opportunity to teach children strategy and logic.

Draw 64 black and white checkered blocks and 12 pieces per player. You can make your own tokens with bottle caps or use two different types of pasta to distinguish the two players.

Have all these board games already?

With a little bit of creativity, you can change a game you’ve played over and over into something new and exciting.

Up the ante with new rules: The winner gets to choose what they want for supper and the has to make popcorn for the family on movie night.

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