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Making a fairytale inspired board game

It’s the time of year when we enjoy reading The Jolly Christmas Postman, doing Humpty Dumpty’s jigsaw, reading The Gingerbread Man’s annual and playing the hazardous board game that Little Red Riding Hood receives from Mr Wolf. After playing the game for what was at least the tenth time in a row we decided to make our own. We had such fun, it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

We drew our own board or you can use a template (we like these from Donna Young’s Homeschooling blog). Then the learning started as my daughter wrote all the numbers in order which was also a great exercise for practising handwriting. Once the board was numbered we got out our nursery rhyme and fairytale books and thought of actions (good and bad) that we could use for some of the numbers on the board. (It was interesting how gruesome my daughter wanted to make some of the actions which made me think about how dark some of the tales and rhymes are. She almost seemed to be relishing the characters’ misfortunes!). Like Little Red Riding Hood’s game my daughter wanted to colour the positive action squares pink and the negative action squares blue. It’s difficult to read them from the photo so here are the actions that we included;

Number 5: Burn your mouth on porridge. Go back to the start.

Number 7: Sail to 24 on the Owl and the Pussycat’s boat.

Number 10: The witch is dead. You are safe. Go to 17.

Number 14: Throw 6 to wake Snow White up.

Number 16: You burnt the hot cross buns. Miss a turn.

Number 18: Fall off the Billy Goats’ bridge. Miss a turn.

Number 21: The woodcutter cuts the wolf. Go to 25. (This was my daughter’s suggestion, she originally wanted to cut the wolf in half until I asked her how she would draw it!).

Number 26: You mended Humpty Dumpty. Move 3 places.

Number 28: Help Little Bo Peep find her sheep. Throw 3 to go.

Number 30: Chased by the big bad wolf. Run to 36.

Number 34: Fairy Godmother invites you to the ball. Go to 38.

Number 37: Get caught in a spider’s web. Throw 4 to get out.

Number 40: Poisoned apple. Throw a 3.

Number 44: Help Hansel and Gretel go home. Move on 2.

This was such a fun activity and my experience is that most children enjoy making their own board games. As well as ordering numbers and handwriting practice we enjoyed revisiting our favourite fairytales and nursery rhymes. In a classroom situation writing game rules also gives children practice in writing instructions. Playing board games also provides several learning experiences including counting, taking turns and learning to deal with winning or losing.

You can adapt this activity for many other stories. My daughter really enjoyed making her own board game, I’m sure this will be the first of many!


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14 responses to “Making a fairytale inspired board game”


  1. Charlie Walker avatar

    That is a brilliant idea! I can see us doing this, and I think we might use the idea as part of the kids Creative Homework projects too.

    Thanks for sharing to my blog linky, I’m pinning and tweeting this for you now. xx


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! We made our game in an afternoon but it could be an ongoing project too.


  2. Candace avatar

    Really love this idea and looks such fun.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It was a fun activity 🙂


  3. Liz avatar

    This is such a great idea! I’d love to do this in the classroom during an author study. Thank you!


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great classroom activity 🙂


  4. Dominique Simpson avatar

    What a super cute idea, I bet you all had loads of fun thinking up the consequences!


    1. Catherine avatar

      We had a lot of fun, some of the actions my daughter wanted to include were a lot more gruesome than the ones we ended up with!


  5. Single Mother Ahoy avatar

    I love this ! What a fantastic idea! Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop!


    1. Catherine avatar

      We had a lot of fun making it 🙂


  6. Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! avatar

    yes my boys like making their own games too #weekendbloghop


    1. Catherine avatar

      I’ve often made board games in the classroom. It’s a fun activity which hides lots of learning 🙂


  7. Zoe avatar

    This is so lovely!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun making it 🙂

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