Simple to make, easy to play numbers and colors grid game for 1-4 (or more) players!
Liam really enjoys counting and games with dice. I found a blank grid at Pre-Kinders with 20 squares and I picked through our collection of dice. We try to make counting games fun. I figured that by providing an assortment of interesting objects for markers, he would enjoy searching with and playing with them as we went along. Each time was a different experience. I have all sorts of treasures I have collected from second hand stores as well as some inexpensive containers of counters. Beads, pom pons, bottle caps, and even paper markers work just fine! I left everything mixed up so that he would have to search for a color of something he really wanted to use.
To play the game, I simply had him roll the dice in the middle of the serving platter. (Bowls, trays, plates all work fine too, but I happened to pick this up at the party store for a few dollars with this purpose in mind!) He would have to say the number and color and then pick out what he wanted and put it in the right spaces on the grid. We are still working on the left to right order of things. As we went along, he would count how many markers he had out or how many he had left to fill. Same with my grid. Clean up is great for sorting too!
As we approached the last few squares to fill, we had the opportunity to discuss numbers that were bigger than or smaller than the number of spaces we each had left to fill. We would then wait another turn to see if we rolled a better number. We played a second time but he wanted to play together on the same sheet, but he really did all the work. This can easily be a one player, independent skills game or a multi-player game. You just need to supply enough markers! Make it harder by adding more dice and grid squares!
Does your child like home made games? Share one in the comments!
Liam loves all sorts of new games. Call it a game and he is good to play!