Board Games For Kids – PDF printable boards
These board games can be used to teach children any skills. These board games have successfully been used to teach the following subjects: math, English, history, geography, science and more. Print out a board and laminate; each board could be used for any subject and for any game. We also offer card templates to custom make your own board games. Let kids have fun at school or at home playing our board games.
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Our Education Board Games
The crocodile and pirate board games have similar principles. Materials you need to play these games are cards, a dice and a game board. Cards could cover any topic you wish to teach kids while boards are standard templates which could be used for any game.
Both board games have a starting and an end point. The starting point for the pirate board game is where the boat begins, while the end point is the Treasure Island which players aim to arrive at. The starting point for the crocodile board game is the riverside from where a frog attempts to cross to an end point which is the other end of the swamp. In between the start and end points, there are 33 stops; these could be an obstacle, a simple passage or a boast in the journey. After rolling a dice, a player could land on any stop depending on the number of spaces he / she has to go forward or backward. This randomness in the faces of the dice that show up during the game also dictates the randomness of locations on which players could land. This is what makes the games challenging, yet very interesting for kids. The fun of the game does not also elude the fact that it is an education board game. Each time a player lands on a space, he/she has to pull a card and answer a question before being given another chance to roll the dice. Failing to answer a question correctly sends a player back to their earlier space. Another component of this game that makes it exciting is the fact that cards are shuffled such that when drawing cards players are unaware about the questions.
Principle of the game:
N.B.! For the sake of explanation, the pirate board game will be used. But remember the principles of both games are similar. The pirate board game can be played by two or more people. That is why it is a suitable group game for classrooms as well as for one-on-one homeschooling of kids. It could also be a fun game for holidays which kids could play with their siblings. At the start of the game players need to place two chips of different colors at the starting point. A coin could be tossed to find out who begins the game. The beginner then roles the dice and moves his/her chip forward the number of places that showed up on the dice. E.g. if the dice showed 3, then you have to move three places forward. After placing your chip on the space, a player draws a card and answers the question written on it. After that, the next player (or team) also does the same; rolls the dice, moves the chip and answers questions that show up. The first player to arrive at the end of the game wins the treasure on the island. But remember it is not that easy; there are obstacles on the way. E.g. falling on the pirate island is the worst thing to happen since a player will be asked to go back to start. Landing on a space with a dolphin helps you to move forward two places. Landing on an island with a volcano sends a player back two spaces. The game is challenging but also very exciting for kids.
How to use these board games for teaching any subject
You might have noticed that these game boards could serve as templates for practicing any kind of subject children learn at school. All you need are a deck of cards with relevant questions written on them. This makes our board games very flexible and customizable. Teachers and parents could simple download card templates on this page and type in their own questions.
How to make and customize your own board game from our templates
Simply download and print out our game boards preferably in A3 format. After doing so, laminate the board against a harder surface. For convenience of transportation you could do this on a board that can be folded easily. Print out decks of cards on any subject you wish to teach and keep them in separate boxes to avoid mixing them up. Make sure the edges of all printed cards and boards are curved for the safety of kids. Buy a dice and colorful chips at any toy shop. With all of these done, your game is ready for use. These could be used by schools for several years until they wear out and the good thing is that they are free and always available on this site.