If you are tired of the same old battery operated hand held games or the computer games, try making your own science board game. For a fun filled afternoon with the children or guests and an easy way to integrate learning with entertainment, the science board game is the best choice. These are also very easy to make, and can be customized depending on the skill level of the players. Here are the steps to making your own science board game.
Create the rules for the game
Create rules. You can create various rules to your board game. It can play out like Monopoly, where there are bills that are given to players who correctly answer the questions. Instead of buying restaurants and hotels, however, you can assign different values such as laboratories, chemistry kits, and other valuables for a scientist. Or, you can create a board game similar to the Snakes and Ladders board game, where there are danger zones that can cause the player to lose a few points, as well as bonus zones that will elevate the player closer to the goal.
Design the skill level. Once the rules are established, you need to determine the skill level of the likely players. If you are going to use the science board game for playing with high school students, the questions need to be formulated using the concepts that are learned during high school. Otherwise, a college student may find the questions too easy, or a younger player may find the questions too challenging.
Create wildcards and scoring systems. Next, you should create a scoring system to complement the rules of the game. The scoring system can be based on the points earned, such as in Monopoly games. Or, the winner can be determined by whoever gets to complete the entire course of the game first. You should also add wild cards to make the game more exciting. If the science board game you created focuses on physics and chemistry, for example, you can add wild cards that have questions relating to computer science or other branches of science.
Design the board game
Sketching on the cardboard. Once the game itself has been prepared, the next step is to create the actual board game. This can be done using a piece of cardboard or illustration board. Use a pencil to draw square plots on the cardboard. The panels should create a pattern, such as squares that will pass through the perimeter of the board, or a matrix similar to the classic Snakes and Ladders game.
Painting on the details. Use poster paint, crayons, and markers to add the details and decorate the board game. Start by painting on a base color over the entire board. Once this has dried up, you can add the color onto the squares. Then, use markers to outline the squares. You can even add stickers and other decorative elements into the board game.
Customizing your playing pieces. For the playing pieces, you can choose items that are related to the board game. For instance, you can glue on old test tubes into a cardboard base. Add a strip of colored paper inside the test tube to designate the various players.
Enjoying a friendly but competitive game while learning something new or reviewing the lessons that you and your friends have already learned does not have to be impossible, if you have a science board game to help you. With these easy steps, you should be able to make your own.