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Gather your gang and spin your way into the New Year! Start the countdown: 3, 2, 1... Game Night! Put the kids in charge to design and create a game board for New Year's eve or any ol' night together!

First off, gather your supplies. You'll need at the ready:
  • Large piece of cardboard (15" x 15" or larger)
  • Poster board
  • Paint & brushes
  • Brad (one of those bendy claspers not the neighbor kid)
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Index cards
  • Pen
  • Small action figures
  • Family photos (that can be cut) where the faces are approximately 1" high
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Paint the large piece of cardboard a bright color.
  2. Using the poster board, draw your game board pathway and cut it out and glue into place. (Or you may paint a pathway directly on to the game board.) Divide the pathway into squares by drawing lines every two inches or so.
  3. Fill in the squares with either "R" for Recall or "P" for Prediction. What else could you add? "T" for Talent, "J" for Joke or even "Stuck in the Mud: Lose a turn" or "Lucky Day! Go again!"
  4. Next, make family and friend focused playing cards for each letter. The "R" cards will quiz the players on last year's events and the "P" cards are for making predictions for the future. For example, an "R" card could read: How many goals did Josh score in his last soccer season? A "P" card could read: What will Grandma's hair color be this time next year?"
  5. If you've included "J" for Joke the card simply reads: Tell a joke! The "T" for Talent cards indicate an act to be performed like: Balance on one leg and tell us three things that are in your backpack at all times. Or In an alien language tell and show how to make a birthday cake. Clearly, the sky's the limit on how YOUR game can be designed and played!
  6. Make a spinner. First, cut a 5" x 5" square from cardboard. Have an adult punch a hole in the middle. Divide the square into "pizza slices" and write 1, 2, 3, 4, Spin again, etc. in each space. Cut out an arrow from card stock or cardboard and punch a hole in the middle of that. Attach the arrow to the spinner with the brad.
  7. Make game playing pieces. Cut out family and friend faces and double-stick tape them to the action figure heads. Hilarious!
  8. Weave the ribbon, pipe cleaners, string, yarn, wire of your choice in and out of the nails to form a 3-D frame.
  9. You're ready to roll... er... spin! Happy New Year!



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