In my Summer Institute I shared some of my favorite math games. I love simple game boards for a wonderful way to practice counting and 1-to-1 correspondence as they move their game piece. It builds the life skills of patience and waiting.
I found that children love to create their own game boards. It is so much fun! And super easy, super cheap. You can use a variety of materials.
Basically, the children design and lay out the pathway for the game. When I introduce this – I model making a game. After a week or two – I let the children take over the creation of the game board.
My rule is once the game path is laid down – it can not be altered while the game is played. Each player gets a turn to create a pathway. (Two players = two games)
A package of wood discs from the wood craft section of Hobby Lobby or Michael's and you have a game board! Add a dice and two game pieces – you are ready to roll!
Use river rocks to create a pathway for a game.
The large glass discs work well as a pathway on a DIY “movable-changeable” game board.
Another fun game is this: roll the dice – move that many spaces PLUS get that many jewels. Counting and more counting! Woohoo!
Use your imagination! What might make a nice pathway?