I’ve found great ideas for DIY board games that the kids will enjoy building just as much as playing.
You’ve got to try out the DIY LEGO Chess Game Board and Pieces, LEGO Game (directions and a free printable Game Board), Don’t Wake the Shark (matching pairs), Snakes and Ladders, DIY Number Learning Game, Memory Game, and Dinosaur Memory Game. There is even a variety of Tic-Tac-Toe boards: LEGO Tic-Tac-Toe, Frozen-Inspired Tic-Tac-Snow, and Despicable Me Tic-Tac-Toe.
The next time your guys are looking for something to do, pull up this list and get them going.
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1. DIY LEGO Chess Game Board and Pieces
From 100 Directions
Sort through your tub of Legos to find the necessary pieces for this DIY Lego chess game board and pieces.
Turn it into a fun family project that your kids can customize over and over again. Just make sure that the pieces on opposite sides match and all the players on one team coordinate in some way.
This family gave their Lego mini figures matching hats in blue and red.
2. LEGO Tic-Tac-Toe Board
From One Perfect Day via Kids’ Activities Blog
3. LEGO Game directions and a free printable Game Board
You and your kids will have a blast playing this awesome Lego game together.
Just print the free printable game board, collect some of your favorite Lego figures, and you are ready to play.
The directions are easy to follow and fun for kids of all ages.
The game board itself is pretty plain to save on ink, but you can let your kids get creative and add their own colorful designs.
4. Don’t Wake the Shark – Matching Pairs
The race is on to find the missing clown fish, but don’t wake the shark or he will eat up your whole turn.
This fun game is made with printable tiles glued to cardboard. The object of the game is to find the only pair of clownfish in the quickest time, but if you turn over a shark you miss a go.
The hidden shark tiles add some excitement and drama to this wildly fun matching game.
5. DIY Snakes and Ladders
From Artsy Craftsy Mom
Classic games always seem to come back around.
Right from making it to playing it, this do-it-yourself Snakes and Ladders game is a fun activity for kids.
Make your game board using some cut down chart paper, pencil crayons or pastels, and a marker for the numbers.
The ladders are made of popsicle sticks and the snakes are made of wiggly pipe cleaner. Genius!
6. Frozen-Inspired Tic-Tac-Snow
From Disney Family
Inspire your kids to play a family classic this winter with this cute wintery twist on Tic Tac Toe.
The loveable Olaf and Sven playing characters from Disney’s Frozen are created with painted wine corks and felt accessories, then laid out on a reusable felt game board.
Get your kids involved and let them help paint and decorate the corks or teaching them some basic sewing skills to stitch the board.
7. DIY Number Learning Game
From B-Inspired Mama
It can be so difficult to find store-bought board games that are simple enough for young children to play and educational at the same time.
This DIY board game is fun to play and helps children practice number recognition and counting skills.
Children take turn rolling the dice and moving their game pieces to corresponding numbers along the path on the game board. The first to make it to the finish space wins.
8. DIY Memory Game
From Project: Party Perfect via Spaceships and Laser Beams
The memory game is an age-old favorite for young children, adults, and everyone in between.
It is easy to completely customize the images to create your very own theme like outer space or on the farm.
Wooden circles are covered with fun, patterned paper on one side and the matching images on the reverse.
This fun and durable game will keep your kids busy while you cook, clean, or play with them.
9. Despicable Me DIY Tic-Tac-Toe
From Sweet Pennies from Heaven
Who doesn’t love the Despicable Me movies? Grownups and kids alike have to agree that minions are just about the most adorable little creatures around.
This Despicable Me Tic Tac Toe board is fun to make and will give endless hours of fun for the entire family during game nights, rainy days, in the backyard, or even during road trips.
10. Dinosaur Memory Game
From Itsy Bitsy Fun
This free and printable memory game is all about dinosaurs. Rawr!
Print the cards using colored ink, shuffle them, and lay them out in a square to set up.
Let your kids take turns flipping cards to see if they can match the velociraptors, stegosauruses, and more.
For your dinosaur loving little ones, this memory is a great way to practice their matching skills and participate in a fun and friendly game.
Have a blast at your next family game night with these great game ideas:
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- Connect 4 Game
- Sorry! 2013 Edition Game
- HedBanz Game
- Trouble Game
- Chutes and Ladders Board Game
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Game!
- Monopoly Junior Board Game
- Frozen Olaf’s in Trouble Game
- Chutes and Ladders Super Hero Squad
- Hi Ho Cherry-O
- Beat The Parents Board Game
- Qwirkle Board Game
- Operation Game
- Hoot Owl Hoot! Board Game
- World of Disney Eye Found It Board Game
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