This month I have been preparing a Moses / God’s Top 10 posting for my sponsored children and I thought it would be fun to make a Moses board game to go with it and this is how I did it…
FREE PRINTABLE GAME BOARD FOR KIDS – FIRST, THINK ABOUT YOUR LAYOUT
- First, think about the overall theme / layout of your board game. What theme will you choose? What overall shape and size do you want to make the game? Square, oval, circle, rectangle, s-shaped, heart-shaped, star-shaped or something special to suit your theme? A basket shape would have worked well for this theme or 10 commandment stone tablet shape, but for this one I decided to keep it pretty simple and chose A4 size (anything over that would have to be folded) and to just completely fill in my blank page with counter steps. I decided to start from when Moses was born, up until the time God delivers the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt and they cross the Red Sea.
- Choose your individual game steps: squares, ovals, circles, rectangles, hearts, stars or something special to suit your theme? How big do you want each step? Again, I decided to keep this one pretty simple and went for squares. Okay, that’s pretty much enough for now, so let’s get started…
PRINTABLE GAME BOARD FOR KIDS – HOW TO
1. SET PAGE SIZE: Open a blank document and set the page size. In this case, I used MS Publisher and set it to A4. You can use any program that enables you to insert shapes, text boxes and pictures.
2. INSERT GAME STEPS: Click Insert shape and draw it. This will be your first step. I chose a white square and a coloured border for it, then copied and pasted it across my whole document to fill my page, to make each step identical. Too easy. I left most of the squares white, but I added colour (click ‘insert’ – ‘fill’) to some to make the game board look more interesting.
3. INSERT GAME HEADER: I removed 6 squares – 3 each, on line 2 and 3 – to put my header in. I actually used one of these images for my game header and added some words over it (insert text box – bring to front): God sends Moses with a message to Pharaoh, ‘Let my People Go’. And that was my theme running through this game.
4. INSERT START / END BUTTONS: Where do you want them? Which direction do you want your game to run in? Insert text box or Word Art. Select colour / border.
5. ARROWS TO SHOW DIRECTION: I included some arrows (insert shape – arrow) to show which direction the game was to move in and coloured them in (insert – fill). You can add a border if you wish. Whatever I am making, I try to use symbols wherever I can (e.g. scissors, clip art, or arrows), rather than words to make it more multilingual for my kids who don’t speak English. There are lots of words for this game, but each one of those blank squares had a picture in it on my original, which will help them get the general idea. Eh… they can make up their own rules. :)
6. INSERT TEXT BOXES: I added individual text boxes (insert – text box) over each individual square throughout the game board as instructions or information. This can include things like:
- relevant Bible verses
- information they need
- instructions like: move forward… spaces; go back… spaces; lose a turn, have an extra bonus turn, etc. I didn’t think of the last two until just now… next time. :)
7. ADD CLIP ART / IMAGES: As I mentioned earlier, I filled my game board with Moses related images, clip art and tiny colouring pages. I’d like to send it to my non-English speaking kids and this will also help them get the gist of what is going on. Any text I really want translated, I will make sure to include in their letter. On all the blank squares, I shrunk down colouring pages (or parts of them) related to the squares around it. This is easy enough to do – just follow this tutorial. If you are good at drawing or doodling, you could also easily add your own by doing that. Or maybe ask your child to decorate their own game board. As you can see, I also added a few extra shapes (insert – shapes) for some of the Pharaoh and the Red Sea squares. I also found some cute and colourful stick figure children having fun to add on the last 3 lines. I haven’t been able to find the originals – but they looked a bit like these and these.
LAMINATE OR NOT TO LAMINATE? Normally, I would definitely (and recommend to) laminate a printable board game going to a sponsored child in a developing country, but this time and because I filled it with tiny colouring pages, I decided not to. That way, they can have fun adding their own creative touch.
BOARD GAME COUNTERS / DICE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
I made up some free printable game counters and dice to go with it. There is a blank version which you are also welcome to download if you prefer to make up your own. I added the same stick figure children that I used in the game to my counters as tiny images. I also added a couple of tiny colouring page images (parts of them anyway) which worked really well, too. Once again, use this tutorial as a guide and shrink them right down so they fit neatly inside the counter square. If you are adding colouring pages, you may like to take out the white background of the colouring page first. Left click on your colouring page – then select the ‘set transparent color’ tool – then left click on the white background of the colouring page. Your colouring page should now be transparent and have no background.
UPDATE: This was my original game board as per this tutorial; but since then it has been updated with some cool creative commons images that I found. You are welcome to download either version for your own personal use.
ANOTHER BIBLE BOARD GAME TEMPLATE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Here is a different shaped board game that I made up for my kids for part of a Creation Week theme using the same techniques. The whole page was filled with tiny colourful images relating to what God created each day of Creation Week, both inside and outside the oval shaped game board steps. And I added a Bible verse from Genesis 1:31 along the bottom of the board – God saw all that He had made and it was VERY GOOD.
BOARD GAME COUNTERS / DICE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
And here are the colourful counters and dice to go with the Creation week game.
You are welcome to download any of these FREE printable board game templates for your own personal use… here they are again… enjoy. :)
FREE Moses Board Game for Kids – original
FREE Moses Board Game for Kids – updated
FREE Moses Counters and Dice – colour
FREE Moses Counters and Dice – blank
FREE Creation Week Board Game for Kids
FREE Counters and Dice – Colour
MORE DIY + BIBLE BOARD GAME CREATIVE IDEAS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
The Amazing Ace Dog Sled Race – Bible Board Game (answersingenesisVBS) 2 page fast paced action Bible board game (download at the bottom of the page above the final image) and supplementary teaching materials (download at the bottom of the page below the final image) with a fun and exciting Arctic animal theme (e.g. polar bears, sled dogs, reindeer) teaching kids about the authority of God’s Word; and it’s in black and white so your child can have extra fun colouring and decorating it; uses cool terms like: Snowfall Station checkpoint, Discovery Pass, Crystal Falls, Glacier Gap, Cold Feet Creek, Mosquito River, Treasure Point Finish; free printable
Make your own Bible Board Game (ministryark) 3 fun, colourful and creative board game templates ready for any Bible theme of your choice; free printable
Make Your Own Bible Board Game (Living Waters) easy blank board game template ready to go; simply choose your theme, paste in your questions, then print; free printable
Bible Board Games (sundayschoolsources) 7 board games – Creation; Joseph; Exodus; Moses and the Ten Commandments; Twelve Tribes of Israel; Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego; Jesus; in colour; free printable
Use one of these free board game templates (hubpages) to make your own board game, covering ‘hazards’ while steering clear of distractions, in order to get to the prize; free printable
Bible Board Games (richardgunther) a few one-page board games to choose from: Creation to Noah with Bible verse written on the arrows from John 14:6 (click on ’10’ ) or Genesis 7:1 (click on ’08’ ); Birth of Jesus (click on ’09’) and there is also a blank black and white version (click on ’24’); Life of Jesus (click on ’14’) and there is also a black and white version (click on ’28’); Easter Week Game (click on ’12’) from the Lord Jesus’ arrest to His resurrection, and there is also a blank version in colour (click on ’11’) or black and white (click on ’26’); The Promise Game-Living everyday with Jesus (click on ’20’) and there is also a blank black and white version (click on ’30’); free printable
Blank Board Game and Dice Templates (timvandevall) 6 cool designs; in colour or to colour; ready for any theme of your choice; free printable
Blank Board Game Template (fellowes) black and white template in a curvy ‘S’ shape with printable dice and blank cards ready for any theme of your choice; free printable
Board games (mondedestitounis) decorated with cute and colourful animals; free printable
More creative DIY board game ideas (DuckDuckGo)
Tutorial: Make your own Stickers
Tutorial: Make your own Wallet Cards
Tutorial: Make your own Stationery
Tutorial: Make your own Bookmark
Tutorial: Make your own Poster / Postcard
Tutorial: Note Cards
Tutorial: Make your own Puzzles
Tutorial: Jazz up your Colouring Pages
Tutorial: Jazz up your Envelopes
Tutorial: Jazz up your Bible Verses (typography tutorial)
Tutorial: Adding photos to Articles (this is also how you add your own images to your game board)
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN…
Have you ever made up a printable board game? What theme/shape did you use?
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