5 Make Your Own Games Ideas For Children
Family Games Nights are a great way to get the family together and create precious memories. There are so many benefits to playing games as a family, particularly for children’s development. Communication skills, social interaction, and comprehension are just a few of the areas strengthened by family play. Games are a fun way to learn without even realising, and these DIY game projects are brimming with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) content:
Pom Pom Drop (via Trunkaroo)
This fun-filled project is a gold mine for the development of motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The Family Games Night trunk contains all the materials and instructions you need to build this testing game. Then all that’s left to do is play! Players must try to remove straws from the tower without releasing a pom pom. Whoever finishes with the least pom poms is the winner!
Pie Face (via Playtivities)
We love this DIY version of the Face Pie game that has swept the Internet and family homes across the country! Half of the fun is in the construction, which is a great way to practice engineering; fine motor skills and problem solving. Then comes the best bit- messy, sensory play with whipped cream!
Table Hockey (via Little Bins for Little Hands)
Have a whole heap of fun with this homemade table hockey game. All you need is a poster board, tape, two basters, and a pom pom, but these can be substituted for any suitable materials you can find around the house. Get your mini-makers to engage with their inner engineers by choosing what they think will work best! This is a contest of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Creative Dice (via The Imagination Tree)
Paper cups and a big imagination are the main requirements for this crafty game. Prepare six components to make a paper cup penguin- card wings, card beaks, googly eyes, card tummy, card feet and paper cup body. Decorate each side of a blank dice or small wooden cube so that it corresponds with a penguin part. Players take it in turn to throw the dice and add each penguin part when the dice lands on the right one. The winner is the first to create a complete penguin!
Origami Boomerang (via Red Ted Art)
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most fun! These crafty origami boomerangs actually come back to you when you throw them. Players can create their own boomerang using A4 paper and practice their listening skills by following the instructional video. Origami projects are a fine motor skill powerhouse! Next it's time to get creative and decorate the boomerangs using coloured pens and pencils. Finally take the boomerangs to an open space and start throwing! Whoever can successfully throw and catch the boomerang the most times is the winner. The catching part is harder than it looks!
DIY Board Game (via Trunkaroo)
Budding astronauts and universe explorers will adore this space-themed game! The Space Race board game is an interactive 3-D bonanza of creative play! Develop your child’s engineering and motor skills as you design, construct and decorate an intergalactic creation together. All the materials and instructions are provided in the Family Games Night trunk. Roll the dice and start playing!