Monday, January 5, 2015

DIY Board Game

Have you ever looked at the bulletin board displays that some teachers/SLPs make and wish that you had enough talent to make one? I certainly feel that way every time I see one of the giant board game ones. Unfortunately, I don't have a) access to a bulletin board b) the time to tackle such a complicated project and c) the guts to take on a such a publicly displayed craft project. 

I do; however, have the time and energy to create smaller game board endeavors. The best part is that this one is extremely simple and students go crazy for it. 

- A picture for the center. I used Teddy Talker (from the handy Teach Together Toolkit) because he is such an important part of my sessions with the younger grade levels. You might want a picture of a soccer player or robots. It doesn't really matter as long as it is something that excites your students.
- Sticky-notes in a fun shape. I won a pack of star-shaped sticky notes from a weekly contest at work (we hand out little reward slips to students who are showing good behavior in the common areas). 
- Poster board.
- Game pawns and dice. I borrow mine from other games that I usually have on hand for my older groups. 

As you can see, I don't really have a designated "finish" line on this board. I use it for articulation/phonology groups and wanted it to be more about how many times they could go around the board. You can certainly have a clearly defined "start" and "finish" if that better suites your needs. 

All in all, it took me about 10-15 minutes to make this board. It's not pinterest-perfect, but it is certainly a well-loved addition to my room.