Friday, April 04, 2008

Make a game

I like making games. I enjoy making game boards out of cereal boxes. I often use cards to know how many spaces to move ahead. When I make games that way my children often find something else to do and loose interest in playing a game before I get the game made up. I have come up with a solution to this problem...

Do it yourself dice blocks.

I take my favorite school supply MASKING TAPE. and wrap a wooden block. Then I write numbers and such to make a game. I can do this in under 1 minute. I can draw circles or squares on a piece of paper and BAM an instant game and game board. I can add action words on dice and make it an active reading game can even skip the board when we do this. The picture above is to blink four times. I can add colors, shapes, letters, numbers, and so on to the dice. It is a very quick simple way to make a game or teach a skill. For my 8 year old I can write who, what, when, where, why and have him roll the dice and give an answer to a story he read. I can write down names of people in his history books and have him tell me about the person he rolls. I can put math facts on them. My son thinks rolling dice is fun. He doesn't think about how it is educational. It is super easy and takes almost no time to make. I love that we are using our "baby toys" to make the game. I always worry about real dice in the room with Zee because the dice to our games are so small. I am always afraid that the baby will get the dice and choke on one when I am not looking. I LOVE that I don't have to find a place to store the game. I just toss the blocks back in the container we store wooden blocks!


reprehriestless warillever said...

This is a *great* idea!

And simple enough that even I could do it. Thank you for sharing.

Heather said...

We have been trying to find some dice to use for different games like that and trying to decided what to do with their blocks because they do not use them as much anymore. Perfect solution thank you so much.