In our homeschool, I try to incorporate hands-on projects at several different points in the learning process. We do hands-on projects:
- to learn new material
- review new and old materials
- as a form of assessment.
One of my favorite hands-on projects are child-created board games. Not only is the whole process of making the game educational, the game itself serves as a valuable and fun tool for review. I just love these types of assignments – they integrate several different school subjects and encourage creativity.
A fabulous resource for blank game boards and everything else your children might want for making their own books and games can be found at Bare Books. In addition to blank game boards, Bare Books also sells pawns, dice, blank game cards, blank money, and blank spinners. In addition, Bare Books has a really helpful section that provides guidelines for a wide variety of assignments using their products. For example, Bare Books provides guidelines for an Ancient Civilizations game assignment.
- Make your own game with a germ theme using the game board provided for you.
- Think of a title for your board game, create rules, and add special steps on the board such as “You come down with the e coli bacteria and need to stay in bed for two days. Miss a turn.”
- Write questions about your topic on index cards to be used during the game. Write the answers on the backs of the index cards. You must include at least 30 question cards.
- You will also need game markers. The game board should be decorated with artwork appropriate to your topic.
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