Here is how to create the game, all the supplies that you will need will most likely be around your house.
- A piece of cardboard, I used a pizza box lid
- Game board pieces, you can create your own using word or you can use the ones I made.
This is simple to make. If you would rather print out a game board and glue the game pieces to the premade board that is fine too. I personally like to make my own game boards.
- Print the game boards pieces, or create your own using word
- Cut out the pieces
- Cut the lid off a pizza box or cut a piece of cardboard into a square, my square was 12 X 12
- Create a Start and Finish square and arrange the pieces on the board, do not glue them yet. I arranged my squares by words that were 1, 2 and 3 syllables and repeated the pattern all around the board. It is your choice on how you want to arrange your pieces.
- After you are satisfied with the way you set it up you can glue each piece down.
- You can write the name of the game in the middle or leave it blank, it is really up to you on what you want to put in the middle of the board.
- This step is optional, depending on how many students will be using the board you can laminate the board, so it won’t get ruined. I am only using it for my son, so I will most likely not laminate the board.
That is it on how to make the board. Here is the fun part, how to play the game. For game pieces you can choose anything you want. You can use different colored counters or buttons or even player pieces from different games. You will also need a die, you can make your own or if you have one laying around you can use that.
- You can decide how to determine who goes first, you can roll the die to see the order or in my case it is only going to be my son and I playing so he will go first because he is the youngest.
- Put your player pieces on start, roll the die and move that many spaces.
- The player will say the word and then say it again while clapping. He or she will say how many syllables there are in the word and then it is the next persons turn.
It is that simple, for me the point is to learn so I didn’t include board squares that say lose a turn, roll again, etc. It is just about saying the words and figuring out the syllables.
This game is perfect for K-2 graders. It is all about having fun and you might just learn something too!
What syllable games do you play with your kids or students? Let me know in the comments!