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Camp PBS Parents

Hello Campers, and good morning! How has your camping experience been so far? [pause for the collective cheer] Great! So far we’ve done boating, book making, went on a nature walk, penned new stories, added to our rock collections and told stories ’round the campfire.

Now, as all good campers know, we must prepare for all types of weather. And there’s always at least one rainy day at camp. Confession: I’ve never actually been to a sleep away camp, so my knowledge is based solely on my two favorite camp movies—The Parent Trap and Moonrise Kingdom—both of which featured memorable rainy day camp scenes.

So today we’re going to prepare for a case of rainy day boredom by making our own board games. Every good camp should have a stack of board games tucked away somewhere, right? Let’s head on over to the activities hall and get started.

You’ll Need

  • Cereal box
  • Duct tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Cardstock (regular printer or loose leaf paper will work in a pinch)
  • Pencils
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Small toys to use as pawns
  • Felt
  • Velcro
  • Optional: raid old board games for dice, spinners, etc
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Step 1

Cover the box with duct tape. This not only makes it waterproof, which is perfect for rainy days, it makes it more durable.

Step 2

Make three cuts into the front of the box to create a large fold-down flap. This is the game board.

Step 3

Glue two strips of felt onto the box. The first is the base. Glue it onto top of the main part of the box. The second is the tab. Glue it to the outside top of the game board. Now, glue a piece of velcro to the the underside of the tab and one to the base.

Step 4

Glue a piece of cardstock to the interior of the flap.

Step 5

Make your game! What will players need to do? Will they have to read a word on the board? Name a color? How about solve a math problem?

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If your child is overwhelmed by the blank board, help him along by lightly sketching a game board. A curved s is one of the easiest ways to start. Most kids have experience with games that use that classic design—like Candy Land, for example. If you do help them out, make sure you use a pencil. Once their confidence kicks in, they may want to erase your design and draw a new one of their own.

Step 6

Once the board is finished, it’s time to play!

After your finished, just tuck everything inside the box. Campers know the importance of being prepared. They also know the importance of keeping their bunks nice and tidy too.

Psst, a special note for parents: The cool thing about this project is that kids not only get to use their imaginations, they’re also using some serious planning and reasoning skills. How will players move? Who gets to go first? Independence, executive function, reading and writing all play a part in this one. Plus, it’s perfectly tailored to your child’s interest because he or she is making it! Isn’t sneaky learning the best?

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About Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer Cooper is the blogger behind Classic-Play.com, an online resource for creative families.  Her favorite past times include: dancing around her living room, watching the Pink Panther with her kids and daydreaming. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, photographer Dave Cooper, and two children. 

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