The blog post 50 Things to Put in a Notebook continues to be one of the most popular how to posts here at The Notebooking Fairy. So to bring that post to life, I am writing a blog series, showing you specific examples of those fifty different things.
Fifty Things to Put into a Notebook: #7 Board Games
Of course, you know that when I talk about board games in notebooks, I don’t mean putting the Parcheesi or Monopoly games into your history notebook. I mean that your children can create games as a narration activity for their homeschool lessons. Then those board games can be stored in their notebooks. If they pull out the game to play it again, it becomes a sneaky way to add more review.
The photo above is a grammar game my daughter created as a review of the parts of speech. She had as much fun making it as we did playing it. And don’t think it’s all fun and games. Creating a working board game is a great exercise in critical thinking. You have to plan the game strategy, devise questions (and answers) and then troubleshoot as you test it out.
As a head start, you can use some of the free printable board game templates here at The Notebooking Fairy. Have plenty of material on hand for game creation — index cards, markers, and cardstock.
If you have some old board games that are no longer getting any use, consider upcycling them into a new homeschool game. Just affix a new game board on top of the old one. Game tokens, dice, spinners, and play money can also be reused in your own homemade board game.
Have your children ever created their own board games? Did they enjoy making and playing them? What academic topic did the games cover? I’d love to hear you experiences.