I recently had my students create board games. I gave them my list of Game Board Instructions (you can also download them on my site). The students worked in groups to create a game about a subject we are currently studying. I gave each group a different subject, and their job was to create a learning game involving concepts we're covering in class.
They were also responsible for coming up with detailed instructions, creating game pieces and game cards, and decorating their game board and box.
I purchased many of my materials from my favorite store, the Dollar store (see my blogs about the dollar store by clicking here and here.). Here's what I bought: small toys that were used as game pieces, pipe cleaner, googly eyes, and stickers for the kids who wanted to make their game pieces, dice, timers, spinners, white gift wrap boxes that the students used to store the game, and small cardboard jewelry boxes to hold the game pieces.
Here's an example of game pieces made with pipe cleaners and stickers.
These are some of the pieces I purchased from the Dollar Store.
One example of a game my students made was called "Fun-Cabulary." They created a game where the players spin a spinner which tells them to either act out, draw, sculpt, or explain a vocab word. Then they pick up a vocab card that has the word and definition on it, and the students have to guess the word.
They had a great time with this activity and the kids love playing each other's games! Here are some photographs of the kids' creations.