If you've read my blogging long enough, I am a diy-er. Is that even a word? :) I do enjoy making things with my own hands though. My children enjoy games immensely. We have always been a family without a video game player (shock). And, when it comes to Minecraft or even computer games, they have a very limited time per week to play on them (2 hours per week per child). So, we have turned to board and card games as a fun screen free way to play. We have many games (an entire upright dresser full as well as a large stack on top of that dresser). And, we are always on the lookout for more games. I am going to show you how you can DIY a couple of very popular games.
This is a very popular guessing game which is loads of fun to play. But, did you know, you can easily do it yourself at a fraction of the cost? I made my own and all it cost me was a bit of time, paper, printer ink, and 2 sets of headbands from Dollar Tree.
(excuse the spelling mistake on Winnie the Pooh, I didn't notice it till much later. We just play with it anyway)
I have made a couple of versions of this game over the years. Its easy to set up to make the cards. First we pick a theme we are wanting to work with. So far, I've done books, Disney characters, and movie characters. I just formulate a list (or have the kids do so). And, then I go to Microsoft Word and print the words out. First you need to make a table being sure it is 2 columns wide and 6 to 7 rows long. Widen out your table so it looks like business cards. Your font size should be about 28. Use any font style you like as long as it is legible. Then start adding your words. I do one sheet at a time. I just print each one as I am done, delete the words that I added, and refill. Repeat this process until all the cards you want are done!
Next, you will need a set of headbands from the Dollar Tree. Or Walmart. Dollar Tree is cheaper though. You will want the stretchy elastic type, not hard plastic. I got 2 packs because at times we have a large number of friends over and I wanted enough for a crowd. Armed with your cards and your headbands you are ready to play. Don't know how to play? Well, this link will tell you how. We play as if we owned the real game, which we don't. :)
You can also make these for little people who can't read or not read well! I saved myself a lot of legwork here by going to Google. Search for flashcards that could be easily acted out like animals, parts of a story, people, or even some foods. Be sure they have pictures and you are good to go!
Bingo is another game that can be made for cheap and you can have a lot of variety. The internet is chocked full of free Bingo printable from numbers, to alphabets, to various holidays. You can find a ton online for nothing but ink and paper. As a side note, I always use card stock for printing my games on. Makes them so much sturdier.
For less than 5 bucks, you can get a bucket of these glass aquarium decor to use for chips for your games. We love these because they are study and just plain pretty to look at.
Of all the games so far, this one has a bigger upfront cost (about 15 bucks) but that money can go a long way and make many other games, which makes the upfront cost worth it. You need an older style Guess Who board like the one here. From that one set of Guess Who boards a number of different styles of cards can come.
I am not the originator of this idea. I bumped across this Lego Guess Who game and from there my imagination soared. It took a bit of playing around on Word to come up with how to make the cards, but it was achieved. I designed a Doctor Who version of this game that my kids have loved.
For this game, you need two different sets of cards, the cards for the game boards and the cards you choose your person from. Again, done on Microsoft word using tables, you can see how to do this one. This one is a bit more time consuming since you are looking for pictures with different features for the guess work, but my kids of all ages have loved it.
Would you like a copy of this game? Well, I have it here to give to you completely for FREE! Just go to the link here, stock your printer with cardstock, and you are ready to go. I hope you enjoy it. As a reminder, this will only work with the Guess Who game listed above. There are other styles of Guess Who boards, but these will not work in there without a bunch of hassel. Enjoy!