Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Thinking back to my years in the classroom I remember one of the activities my students loved was when they got to create a board game based on a book they were reading. Sometimes they worked in teams and sometimes on their own. It was a chance for students to use their imagination, problem solve, and create.
We have made giant board games on our driveway. I have made board games to work on particular skills for the boys. But I hadn't really had them create their own...like I did in the classroom.
I think I saw the idea of having the boys create a Lego board game on Pinterest but I can't say for sure. Isn't everything on Pinterest. At my mom and dads I created a board game to show them that it can be fun. I kept it simple. They rolled the dice and either gained a Lego, lost a Lego, moved forward or backward. The winner was the person with the tallest tower at the end of the game.
At Ed's parents the boys took off creating similar games. (I drew the board -next time I will encourage Charley to draw his) But they added things like:
Gain a Lego/ Lose a Lego
Forward spaces or move back spaces
Freeze spaces where you lost a turn.
Trade towers with a friend
Trade board spots with a friend.
Give the player on your left or right a number of Legos
We played Charley's game first.
We played Henry's game second.
Then we played my game again.
We talked about how with each game there were things that would have worked better or made it a better game. And we acknowledged that making a game that could be sold on the shelves at Target isn't an easy task. The boys had fun with it. And it got them thinking...and kept them busy for quite a while on a rainy Saturday afternoon.