Friday, July 20, 2012

Kid-Friendly Friday

Happy Friday, all! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Today's kid-friendly project will keep the backseat busy on any road trip. It's another recycling project for those of you who have old cookie sheets hanging around.

Cookie Sheet
Magnets (round and strips)
Laminating plastic (optional)
Paper clip

Step One:
Think of what games you would want to play. Either find them online or create your own. I did a little bit of both. I printed off boards for Checkers, Scrabble, Connect Four, Tic-Tac-Toe, Chutes & Ladders, and a blank Bingo board. The Bingo board was left blank so the kids can put their own things in, like street signs.

Step Two:
The next step would be to laminate the sheets for sturdiness. This isn't absolutely necessary, but it will make the games last longer. It also allows you to write on them with dry-earse markers. My laminating job wasn't great, but it will get the job done.

Step Three:
Cut out circles to put on top of the magnets, so they can be differentiated. Red and black work for Checkers, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Connect Four. You can add other colors for the other games.
Step Four:
I made spinners for Chutes and Ladders. To do this, I drew a circle on a scrap of cardstock and split it into different, equal sections. Then, all you need to do it put a pencil in the middle with a paperclip and spin. You also don't have to worry about losing the dice.

The magnets can go into a plastic bag for storage, and a file folder attached to the back will keep the game boards safe from crumpling.

I like these magnetic cookie sheet games because it really doesn't take up much room in the back seat, and to help curb the "summer slide," you can make them into learning games as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

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