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10 DIY Board Games Kids will Love

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My boys love games—from birthday party games to boisterous outdoor games to rainy day indoor games. 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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Lego Chess Kids Party Game Ideas

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.

Kids Lego Tic Tac Toe Party Game
2. LEGO Tic-Tac-Toe Board

From One Perfect Day via Kids’ Activities Blog

Lego Game Kids Party Game Idea
3. LEGO Game directions and a free printable Game Board

From A Mom with a Lesson Plan

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.

Kids Party Game Dont Wake The Shark Idea
4. Don’t Wake the Shark – Matching Pairs

From Mollymoo

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 clown fish 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.

Kids Snakes and Laders Party Game Idea
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!

Frozen Tic Tac Snow Party Game Idea for Kids
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.

Kids Party Game Number Learning Game Idea
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.

DIY Memory Game Kids Party Game Idea
8. DIY Memory Game

From 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.

Despicable Me Kids Party Game Idea
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.

Kids Dinosaur Party Game Idea
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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Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.