Make Your Own Games

Sometimes children get the most satisfaction from a game which they have made themselves - whether it be a simple board game invented with their own rules, to a full scale beanbag toss game which can be used for years. We have lots of ideas for "Make your own games" here.

When you start the kids off making their own game, try to step back a bit if you can and let them lead with their imagination if at all possible. The ideas and rules they come up with might not be conventional, but they will enjoy the game all the more and learn more from the experience if you give them at least some free rein!

Blow Skiing Game

Blow Skiing

Here's a fun home-made game you can play in the winter - perfect for the Winter Olympics too!

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Curling Game

Curling Game

This homemade curling game is a great idea for a winter's afternoon or to accompany the Winter Olympics: a craft that you can enjoy playing with afterwards!

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Design A Simple Board Game

In our house we can't decide which is more fun: designing the game, or playing it! All you need is some bits and pieces from around the house and a little imagination, and your kids may create a family treasure - or even a new Monopoly!

Indoor Golf Game

Indoor Golf Game

Make your own indoor golf game using recycled materials - so that your kids can enjoy a craft activity and the game afterwards! The instructions below are for a 6-hole game, perfect for younger kids, but of course you can make a full 9 hole golf course if you like.

Make A Beanbag Tossing Game

Make A Beanbag Tossing Game

This project is an excellent way for bored children to pass some time, as the planning and preparation of the game will take a while, and the game itself can be played on many different levels and stored easily for the future.

Make A Ping Pong Bat And Net

Make A Ping Pong Bat And Net

China introduced table tennis, or ping pong, to the world, and has always excelled at this fun sport. You can make your own "toy" ping pong bat craft. They won't stand up to too much use, but you should be able to get a game or two out of them!

Make Your Own Skittles

Making your own skittles is an easy craft for children of all ages - and you will end up with a game that they can enjoy, and be proud of, for years to come!

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Otedama

Otedama

Otedama is a game played with are fabric beanbags (called ojami) which used to be sewn by grandmothers from silk kimono scraps. They are used for juggling games and skill games similar to jacks and knucklebones.

Otedama Games

Otedama Games

Otedama is a traditional Japanese game for girls played with 5 small beanbags (or ojami.) The beanbags were often made by grandmothers with scraps of kimonos. Special otedama songs were used. You can make your own ojami and then use them to play the following skill games:

Shove Ha'Froggy Game

Shove Ha'Froggy Game

Just for fun, here's our froggy version of shove ha'penny, which the kids can make themselves!

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Tiddlywinks Golf Course

Tiddlywinks Golf Course

This clever tiddlywinks golf course can be moved around to provide a number of different golf holes, some more difficult than others. You can also create all sorts of obstacles to make your tiddlywinks golf more exciting!

Tiu-u (Fishing)

Tiu-u (Fishing)

This game of Chinese dominoes may sound complicated but is in fact very simple to play. The name ‘fishing’ comes from the idea that players ‘fish’ for matching dominoes. The game was originally played with bone or wood dominoes.

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