Learning about our families and how to do family history can be fun!
There are many simple games that help children become more familiar with their ancestors and offer others a great opportunity to talk about these people and share their stories. These games, designed on the same basis as many of the time-honored games that have been played for over a century, also give children time to play together. Socialization between family members is an important component of family togetherness and learning important concepts in cooperation and problem solving. And they are fun for everyone! (Yes, that means adults can play the and enjoy them too!)
Free game patterns and directions will be included below along with several board games that can be purchased.
I thought I'd give you an idea of what I've been doing as I construct the game board for... well, lets say the name is also under construction, though, luckily, the action, rules, goals and other "tools" are all ready.
1. After deciding on the shape and basic design of the board, the pieces are cut from fabric and experimentally placed on the board then rearranged, with colors and shapes used in interesting but complimentary patterns.
2. The basic shape is formed infobalanced with rmally. There will be steps later to insure that it has equal sides and angles.
3. With the center filled, pieces are arranged more carefully, working from the inside out so as not to disturb the shape. I do not glue pieces so they can be rearranged and placed differently, but that does make it difficult to keep them in place--epecially when the cats come to investigate. A ribbon is clipped on both sides so it can be shaped, then placed for the path players must follow with their tokens. Thin strips of whit tape are used to mark the spaces where the player will move his tokens.
4. The border is placed around the hexagon to even off all the different ends of the pieces. At this point measurements are taken through the circumferrence of all the angles as well as the distances from opposite borders and the outside sections of the border so the geometrc shape of the board is correct. Adjustments are made so that the hexagon is as close to perfect as possible.
5. Photos (many, many, many) are taken to try to get the best color, crispness and the perfect photo showing the hexaon. The camera shot must be taken from the center of the hexagon and the lens must be parrellel to the surface of the hexagon. 7. The photo which looks most perfect on the digital camera is then opened on a computer photo viewer and edited using the rotator to turn the hexagon so the lines can be chopped parrellel to the inner edge of the border giving each side equal borders. This shows unequal boarders and hexagon caused by a camera shot that was not centered. The best way to get a perfect shot is to use a tripod for the camera with the board on an easle.
6. Once you have a computerized program of your game board, it can be printed onto a large paper or fabric, and played!