Not so long ago, before Jake grew taller than me, he and I played board games ALL the time. Long Wisconsin winters beg for games like Monopoly, CandyLand, Sorry, and Labyrinth. After the third round of CandyLand one afternoon, Jake proposed it was time for something new. Lacking money and transportation, I suggested we invent our own. We set our criteria and sat down with a cup of hot cocoa to brainstorm some ideas.
Here's what we ended up with:
It's compact, durable, and best of all, universal! Just about any game you imagine can be played on this board. For example: name that tune, match the animal with habitat, adding, subtracting, multiplication, division, identify the plant, id a country on the map. The list goes on and on....
Jake created a simple set of instructions that applies to every game. Make playing cards to match your topic. Pick a card and if you get the answer right, then roll the dice and move the amount shown. The first person to reach the finish line wins!
Don't forget to blow on the dice for good luck!
For a long time, Jake's game board remained forgotten in a pile of boxes on the shelf, until the other day when Cole found it and brought it out on the table to play.
Jake proudly retold the story of how we made it, and has taken a renewed interest in some of his old favorites. The games have evolved to include Cole and Luke's new rules and ideas for play, which Jake happily complies.
Who knew a file folder, a ruler and some crayons would make something that has become a treasured family heirloom.