Family Game Night Ideas
by Babble Editors | October 24, 2011
What You’ll Need
- Cardstock or heavy photo paper (65 lbs. and up)
- Scissors, utility knife or rotary cutter
- Ruler (preferably with metal edge)
- Dice (depending on the game)
- Glue (for pieces that require assembly)
- Laminating sheets or a laminating machine
Tips and Tricks
Bored with your existing board games? With some heavyweight paper, basic crafting skills and a virtually endless supply of free templates from sites like BoardGameGeek.com, you can easily make your own board games to rival the store-bought versions. If the kids aren’t old enough to enjoy a board game, no problem: Education.com, Microsoft Home Magazine and other sites offer enough printable educational card games and matching games to keep toddlers entertained for days.
Printing the games themselves is easy enough: Simply download your templates and print your materials, which may range from the boards themselves to rule sheets (use ordinary office paper for those) to movable play pieces and nesting boxes. (As with any ambitious print project, we recommend first printing a test page on ordinary office paper.) Mom or Dad will need to take things from there, as many game boards and pieces require precision cutting, gluing and folding before you can play them.
Laminating isn’t a necessity, but if you can fit it into the budget, securing your board with a waterproof seal will help guarantee protection from spills, scratches and other inevitable hazards of playing with kids. For games that require dice or play money, simply grab these from a board game you already own. Likewise for games that require movable pieces; no one said your Monopoly or Chutes & Ladders pieces couldn’t just as well double in a game of war.