You don’t have to be a gameschooler to play games the family will love. I am not just talking about any games, but games that are larger than life. Explore these ways to make and use life-sized board games in your homeschool with this list of resources below.
Use Life-Sized Board Games In Your Homeschool
You may think these life-sized board games are complicated, but after looking at this list, you may want to reconsider. Engaging your kids in games is a way to bond with them in ways that bring a lifetime of good memories and laughs.
Life-sized board games are ways to get your kids’ attention, off the screens, and technology to good fun and excitement. The best thing about life-sized games is that there is not sitting, no laying down (for a long time, anyway) and there can be no laziness.
Giant games require full-on body movement and everyone’s undivided attention. These aren’t your ordinary board games. They need a bit of prep but will result in a world of fun. Plus the giant games are perfect for those times you or your kids are feeling under the weather or simply need a change of pace.
Benefits of Playing Games in Your Homeschool
Playing games isn’t just a great way to bond with your kids or to get your kids off the screens. They’re also a great way to improve your kids’ problem-solving skills or improve their hand-eye coordination.
Games will also improve your children’s math and English skills as they play games like Monopoly, Scrabble, and Bananagrams.
The biggest advantage to games is that kids pay closer attention when they’re playing since kids want to win the game. They’ll retain the information for the next time you play and master necessary skills such as multiplication facts and spelling.
If you have any doubts that playing games aren’t crucial in homeschool, then you may want to head over to the resources below for some insight. They explain ways to include games in your homeschool and my view on why they are important.
5 Ways to Incorporate Games into Your Homeschool | Use games to teach and drill your children in educational facts they need to know.
10 Ways to Use Board Games In Your Homeschool | You’ll actually find more than 10 ways to use board games in your homeschool here.
5 Benefits of Game Schooling | You’ll find a wonderful list of some of the benefits of game schooling. In addition, you’ll find ideas on which games to play if you’re wanting to improve your children’s math, language arts, science, geography, or logic skills.
Fun Life-Size Games for the Whole Family:
Here are a few games that will be a hit with your kids, then there are a slew of other life-sized games and how-to’s to explore below.
Your kids will love playing these life-sized games with you. And your children will be having too much fun to realize that they’re improving their language arts, thinking, and math skill while they play.
The Rainbow Road
Are you studying rainbows or Noah’s Arc in your homeschool? This Rainbow Road life-sized board game will go great alongside your lessons. You will need some alphabet floor tiles, a printed picture of a rainbow, gold coins, dice, and some yellow stickers. You will find step-by-step instructions below:
The Rainbow Road: A Life-Sized Learning Game for Preschoolers | This is a fun game for preschoolers learning their alphabet.
Who doesn’t like a simple game of checkers? Checkers is a classical board game that is great for critical thinking, strategy, and learning to follow the rules. This giant version of checkers makes this thinking games exciting and fun. You will need some frisbees, black and red paint, light-colored outdoor rugs, painter’s tape, and a tape measure. You can find detailed instructions below.
Life-Size Checkers | This classical board game is perfect to play outside and is fun for both kids and adults. After all what could be better than playing a life-size version of checkers with your family!
Hungry, Hungry (Human) Hippos
You may need to get a few more kids or do this super fun life-sized game when there are visitors over, or for co-op. You want to enjoy this game with your friends and loved ones. For homeschool kids, this game is suitable for team building and getting them to work together – and who am I kidding? It is plain ole’ fun. You will need a few items to play, but you may already have them at home. Check out details here:
Hungry Human Hippos Game | Hungry Human Hippos is also a great idea for a birthday party. Just head over to a gym or an outdoor basketball court and have fun scooping up plastic balls.
Practice multiple concepts with this general life-sized board game.
You can use this game with multiplication, vocabulary words, grammar terms, and so much more.
Life-Size Board Games for Teaching Multiple Concepts | This is a great game to play with your elementary school kids. Just follow the DIY instructions and you’ll be homeschooling your kids in a fun way.
Ways to Make & Use Life-Sized Board Games
These resources are a fun way to improve your children’s hand-eye coordination and motor control as they toss balls, climb, and play a yard dice game. They’re also the best thing when you’re burnt-out homeschooling. You can spend a warm day playing games in the yard and still be educating your kids.
Another idea is to start getting creative – try using play mats as a board game to teach kids. This works really well if you have an interlocking playmat. Take the play mat apart and use each piece as a tile on a game board. Weave a path through the room and let the kids attempt to make it to the end first.
Giant Yard Games
Life size games make fun lawn games that you can play at outdoor events or at a family reunion. There are many different games you can choose between such as Angry Birds, variations of lawn darts, and even giant yard dice games.
Best Outdoor Games (Life-Sized Edition)! | You’ll find a great collection of giant games to play with your family. These games include Tic-Tac-Toe Frisbee, a life-sized Bananagrams game, and an Angry Birds game.
Fun Outdoor Games for Everyone | The whole family will love these popular games that are so much fun to play. Set up a giant chess board in your backyard. Challenge family members with a game of outdoor Twister. Play on a giant checkers board outside. These interactive games are amazing party games.
Life-Size Lawn Games | These giant outdoor games are a great addition to any party. You’ll find instructions on how to make giant games such as Yahtzee, Scrabble, or Jenga.
Favorite Board Games
These favorite board games have been loved by kids through the years. These games are a great way to teach team building or just to play outside at a birthday party. You and your kids will adore these fabulous variations of favorite board games.
Life-Size Chutes and Ladders Game | Your family will love this variation of the classic game of Chutes and Ladders. It’s designed to be played in a gym by players of all ages and abilities.
Giant DIY Tic Tac Toe Board | Make a giant Tic Tac Toe board for a fun family game this summer. It’s also a great idea when your child has a friend over to play.
DIY Harry Potter Board Game: Candy Land | This next game is a fun variation of the classical board game Candy Land that Harry Potter fans will love.
A Giant Game of Candy Land | Make your kids a life size board game by putting together Candy Land for them. You’ll use different colors of balloons and giant game pieces. The object of the game remains the same, to reach Candy Castle first!
How-To: Make a Big-As-Life Board Game Free Game Cards | Learn how to make a Life board game. It’s a great addition to your family game collection and will be fun for everyone to play.
DIY Jumbo Jenga | There are several different ways to make a jumbo Jenga set, and this is one of the best giant Jenga games you can make using 2X4s.
You’re in Trouble! Human-Size | This life size version of You’re In Trouble is a fabulous game to play in warm weather.
DIY Life-Size Kerplunk Game | Use PVC pipes, tomato cages, and pit balls to create your own life-size Kerplunk game to play with your kids.
More Life-Size Games to Play
Those are not all of the life-size games you can play with your family. Here are some more ideas that you can build in your house or yard for hours of educational fun. These ideas include Angry Birds games, Pac-Man, a variation of Candy Land, and yard Yahtzee.
Giant Rhythms: The Life-Size Rhythm Review Free Board Game | This free board game reviews rhythm in a fun way with your kids.
Bunny Hop Board Life-Size Game | This Bunny Hop Game is a variation of Candy Land and a great idea for Easter. Turn your house into the game board and watch your kids play.
Life-Size Alphabet Board Game (101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet) | If you’re looking for a fun way to review the alphabet, this life size board game is a great one to check out. You’ll make yourself giant dice, write letters on post-it notes, and let your children play.
Over 10 Life Size Board Games | Are you looking for a collection of life size board games such as a giant Connect 4 or a giant Pac-Man? Then check out this site for some fun life size game ideas
26 Life-Size Versions of Popular Board Games | Check out this site which chares 26 different variations of life size board games.
Educational Carnival Games: Human Board Game | This Human Board Game is fun for both parents and kids to play. It can vary depending upon your needs and what your kids are currently studying. Use
Best Ever DIY Giant Boardgames | Here’s a great collection of giant board games to play. Use a giant yard dice set to lawn Yahtzee or enjoy a game of life size checkers. Which every game you choose, everyone will have a blast.
Pac-man: Life Size Edition | Learn how to make a life size edition of Pac-man to play with your kids.
Life Sized Angry Birds Game | Build your kids a slingshot and some wood pigs to play a life size version of Angry Birds.
Angry Birds Life-Size Game | This variation of Angry Birds uses a water balloon launcher, paper boxes, and rubber balls to play a life-size version of Angry Birds.
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Sara Dennis is a veteran homeschool mom of six who’s still homeschooling her two youngest kids after the older four have graduated, entered college, and moved on to adult life. She blogs at Classically Homeschooling.