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Apryl Duncan

Winter Activity #7 - Play a Life-Sized Board Game

By February 20, 2013

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My 6 year old loves board games and has been an avid fan of them since he was 3. He also loves being super-active. I combined the two to make a life-sized board game filled with fun and adventure. These instructions show you how to create your own life-sized board game in a short amount of time.

A picture of a boy playing a life sized board game
A life-sized board game brings the family hours of fun.
Photo Apryl Duncan
Our game design always changes. I use painter's tape to mark off the board's spaces. One day we'll play in the living room. The next day, the board game will have him traveling down the hall, into the dining room and through the kitchen.

Game goals change too. I may give him an old bag to use for collecting items like small balls when he lands on certain spaces. Or we may use game cards we've made up so he can perform wacky stunts, like this one: "Stop what you're doing! Go to your room and jump on the bed 4 times while tapping your head."

We add even more action to the game through obstacles I put into the game board's design. A few of the obstacles I use are our tunnel, indoor slide and ball pit. He'll be walking or hopping from space to space and then, all of a sudden, he'll have to crawl through a tunnel to get to the next space.

We've even used this game as one of our fun learning activities. He really enjoys throwing the dice and picking a game card that asks him how to spell certain words or do solve math problems.

If he gets the question right, he collects a token. If he gets it wrong, he answers another question. I throw in crazy cards so he gets to act silly along the way. "Spin around in a circle while counting to 10," is his favorite!

This game has an unlimited amount of game play ideas. We play almost every day and it's at least a solid hour of fun together.

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February 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm
(1) Amy says:

That is such a great idea! I love that you use the slide…like a real life shutes and ladders! Who wouldn’t want to do that?

February 17, 2011 at 1:43 am
(2) MomAgain@40 says:

What a creative idea! Will definitely remember next winter!

February 17, 2011 at 10:36 am
(3) Lissa says:

I know what we are doing this afternoon!

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