When you make your own board game your kids you'll find it's easy to make your own version for free.
We've used games of all sorts to teach homeschool math.
The great thing about making a board game is that it involves practical math skills.
You'll be doing lots of measuring and fiddling with different dimensions
And you get the added bonus of sneaking in lots of homeschool math along the way.
Come and see how much fun we've made making Star Trek and Warriors Monopoly!
And you'll soon find out that simple is best.
One great tip to get you started:
Easy is best.
Inventing a new board game is something that the professionals spend years agonizing over.
I think the best start is to take a game you are familiar with and make your own free homeschool version by personalizing the topic, the players and the cards.
Monopoly is one of the easiest games to start with. You can choose the theme that interests your kids the most and have great fun deciding what to do with it.
My daughter Catherine chose Warriors Monopoly. If you land on Park Lane you'll pay to stay in the Star Clan Leader den and the mortgage value will be paid in mice.
You'll win second prize in a hunting contest and get sent to the Twoleg place for a jail term.
As banker, Catherine has plenty of practice in math!
Okay Christine I will do my best. The Board Layout follows the Monopoly colors for each space. Catherine invented all the labels herself.
Starting at the START space it reads: Collect 200 mice as you pass HUNT with a blue arrow (this is the starting space).
Then the colors of the spaces follow roughly the Monopoly layout.
21.(BROWN) Tribe To-Be Den 220 mice
22.(WHITE) CHANCE ? picture of cat
23.(BROWN) Tribe Cave Guard Den 220 mice (tribe of Rushing Water)
24.(BROWN) Tribe Healer Den 240 mice (tribe of Rushing Water)
25.(WHITE) Yellow Star: Moonstone 200 mice
26.(GRAY) Skyclan Apprentice Den 260 mice
27.(WHITE) Rabbit Warren 150 mice
28.(GRAY) Skyclan Warriors Den 260 mice
29.(GRAY) Skyclan Leader Den 280 mice
30.CORNER SQUARE - gray- GO TO TWOLEG PLACE - picture of cat
31.(GREEN) Thunderclan Warriors Den 300 mice
32.(GREEN) Thunderclan Medicine Den 300 mice
33.(WHITE) Clan Chest
34.(GREEN) Thunderclan Leader Den 320 mice
35.(WHITE) Yellow Star: Cave of Shining Moss 200 mice
36.(WHITE) CHANCE ? picture of cat
37.(GOLD) Starclan Meeting Place 350 mice
38.(WHITE) Emergency! Give to Elders Pay 100 mice
39.(GOLD) Starclan Hunting Grounds 400 mice
That should take you back to the Start.
The card sets are called Clan Chest and Chance. Clan Chest are based on Community Chest but worded differently so they fit with Warriors and the same with the Chance deck.
are the Clan dens with the clan colors saying how much they cost to buy, how many mice a player has to spend if they land on the space and the mortgage value (in mice!) on the back.
As you can see, when you make your own board game it's really inventive and fun.
I am sure your child could pick their favorite book series and turn it into a game.
As you can see, Monopoly converts easily to any theme you like. My son William chose Star Trek with space chest cards and a Klingon Star Empire.
In fact, this was his homeschool Christmas present to us - which just shows that fun Christmas math activities really pay off!
It's fairly easy to cut the board out of white card. You can make players from modeling clay and print out copies of the property cards on the computer.
However, there is a way that makes it even easier. The downside is that you won't get a game for free, but if it's simplicity you're after you can buy all the basics to convert into your own game and even personalize the box with this kit:
If your kids love Star Wars I think you would all have great fun making your own Monopoly version!
Parents will remember the old classic game of Risk!
I'm not suggesting this for a Monopoly game, but it's just the sort of game you could work with your kids to make your own version.
It might even help with a bit of homeschool geography as well!
You'll also see when it comes to fun kids math that we've found that a big help with homeschool math is to use cuddly toys as the players.
No one seems to mind too much when Jess the collie loses again!
My friend Julie has some excellent ideas about how to make your own board game and can even suggest a site where you can get your own board game professionally published.
You can also have a think about any card games you can adapt to make homeschool math fun. We took one of Julie's homeschooling ideas to make our own Top Trumps for Birds and Fish as part of our 2nd grade activities.
If you purchase any of these games through my links it's a real help to me, so thank you.
What you'll find is that if you make your own board game the extra effort makes it even more fun to play.