Homemade Kid Games

by Noreen Doll.

Homemade kid games help children learn all kinds of important things. Playing games teaches them how to follow rules and how to get along with others.

Most of these handmade games for kids are pretty simple to make, and if they are not for a gift, your child would probably enjoy helping you make them.

Sometimes it is even more fun for kids making homemade kid games than playing them.

It would be a nice gift idea for your child to make a game for his/her sibling or a friend.

Have creative fun making these homemade kid games.

5 Stones

Make your own 5 stones game pieces by stitching 5 small rectangles and filling them with rice or beans.

5 Stones game instructions are here.

Fishing Game

Everything about this fishing game is clever, from the fish made from paint brush handles, to the ring the fish are stored on, and the fishing pole itself. Great idea!

Elf Skittles

This Elf Skittles bowling game is much more fun than knocking down bottles.

Pick-Up Sticks

Make your own pick-up sticks with 12 inch skewers. Cut off the pointed ends and paint the skewers different colors.

Giant Pick-Up Sticks

Using dowels, craft giant pick-up sticks for a fun family game. Sharpen the ends slightly in a pencil sharpener.

Travel Games for Kids

Print out several of each of these travel games and punch a hole in one corner to put them on a book ring. Attach to a clipboard and add a set of markers or crayons to use in playing the travel games.

Game to Go

Make a gameboard with a piece of fabric and create your own individual playing pieces for this game to go that fits in a matchbox.

Tic Tac Toe Travel Game

To make a Tic Tac Toe travel game, drill holes in a block of wood, paint lines to mark squares, and use painted wood golf tees for markers.

Cowboy Tic Tac Toe

Cowboy Tic Tac Toe is a cute version of the favorite game. Change the picture and playing pieces to reflect your child’s special interests to make a perfect set. Nice way to recycle a gift card or other tin.

Tic Tac Toe Tile

Mod Podge a picture of your choice on a 4 x 4 tile, draw lines for the Tic Tac Toe tile game and seal. Make shrinkies of any design for playing pieces. Make a set for each of the holidays.

Goblet Gobblers Game

Paint small wooden flower pots to use in this Goblet Gobblers game, which you can play on a Tic Tac Toe board.

Personalized Homemade Kid Games

Fabric Photo Memory Game

Create a fabric photo memory game as shown, or create your own on cardboard with pictures important to your child. Laminate them to make them sturdier.

Personalized Clue Game

Recover the rooms on the Clue gameboard, and create new characters to be suspects… even make your own weapons to make this personalized Clue game unique.

Personalized Rubiks Cube

Buy a Rubiks cube at the dollar store and make your own Personalized Rubiks cube by gluing family photos on each side.

Homemade Kid Games to Play Alone – Good Travel Games

Candy Cane Game

Use an interesting shaped box and put a felt Christmas tree in the bottom. Make twisted wire candy canes to hook on map tacks in the tree for this candy cane game.

Ball in the Hole Game

For a ball in the hole game, use an empty match box (2 or 3 for $1 at the dollar store) and put a Christmas or other card with tiny holes punched in it, in the bottom. Use star, bell, berry or round shaped beads to shake into a hole.

Chain Toy

To make a chain toy, put a picture of Rudolph in the bottom of a small box and attach a chain to the tip of each of his antlers. Shake the chain to shape the antlers.

Shape Game

Make the shape game in a small box. Try to get all the shapes into their appropriate places.

Magnetic Skater

This fun game lets the user move the skater with a magnet. You could use an animal or even a photo of the child instead of a magnetic skater. Create a different scene for fun.

Picture Puzzle

Use 9 or 12 wood blocks and put picture puzzles on each side of the shapes. Make a box to hold the blocks.


Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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