Friday, December 30, 2011

Family Fun Project: A ColorMe™ Game Board for Young & Old

We recently dove into game-making head first with our temporarily posted Steampunk-themed parcheesi game set, and are enjoying it so much, we decided to go one step further.
This time, you may partly design your board's look using crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc., and make it a family project at the same time.
Our game board sports a storybook look, with four squares to color in. Adults may have to supervise the board's final look by helping to choose which colors to apply to the spaces provided.
You may go HERE to find those basic rules necessary to get started. Notice the crown motif, moms, if you will, and note also how the rules call for pieces to enter the pathway on the board in that special spot.
It's fairly self-explanatory, involving your supervision only if children may get confused about which areas of the board to color which way. Simply download each corner section below, then print each one for coloring. We've sized our board fairly small, for ease in printing, but you may choose to enlarge it via your local extension or copy center. We actually do recommend that you make multiple copies, as, in the excitement, children often will fumble, and to be disappointed is not something worth remembering.
Also, it may be useful to try for copies made with toner instead of ink, as these will weather the transformation from black and white to colorful finished product much better.
You may laminate it onto your choice of backing. Wood, cardboard, even cloth when iron-on sheets are available for use, may give fine results.
Our game was made to be played using dice for moves around the board.
Also, while the instructions site to which we linked, above, offers you the added option of using spinners, our choice would be dice, but you and your children may opt for either.
For tokens, buttons, coins, flat-backed colored marbles (for use with floral arrangements), or game pieces from other games offer several options. Let each child choose or make it a random drawing which decides who gets to move which pieces.
Once the game's assembly is complete, you may want to protect its surface against the general wear and tear expected in times of play. Everything from sticky-backed clear shelf paper to Mod Podge or any other common household child-safe varnish may work quite nicely for your family.
So, gather your kids together, and break out the crayons, markers, etc., and then watch as it all comes together from creating to gaming.
And Happy Creativity, everyone!

Example of Assembled Product
(for display purposes only)

Section One
Download 300dpi Printable HERE

Section Two
Download 300dpi Printable HERE

Section Three
Download 300dpi Printable HERE

Section Four
Download 300dpi Printable HERE

Our game board was designed to be free to the public. It should remain so. You are free to use it, but not to sell it as is, or even fancied up as a finished product.
Thank you.


Ira said...

Seems like such a fun game to play! Thanks Rose, it'll be so nice to colour the images, too! happy New Year to you all and thanks for your wonderful posts in 2011!! Ira x

maj. said...

Happy New Year!!!

Artfully Musing said...

Hi Rose, I need you to contact me. You won one of the items in my monthly drawing. I don't have your email address so I figured I could contact your through your blog. Thanks Laura (ArtfullyMusing)

Plush Possum Studio said...

Ira: Thanks so much for stopping by! And you are so very welcome!
Happy 2012 to you!

Plush Possum Studio said...

maj.: Happy New Year to you as well!

Plush Possum Studio said...

Laura: Oh my goodness! I'll head in your direction as soon as I can!
And Thanks so much!
Happy New Year to you!

Ann said...

another awesomely fabulous game board!! thank you sooo much!!! you really are so generous with your time and talent!!!

Plush Possum Studio said...

Ann: Hope it's a winner with your younger crowd!

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