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Hello Campers, and good morning! How has your camping experience been so far? [pause for the collective cheer] Great! So far we’ve done boating, book making, went on a nature walk, penned new stories, added to our rock collections and told stories ’round the campfire.

Now, as all good campers know, we must prepare for all types of weather. And there’s always at least one rainy day at camp. Confession: I’ve never actually been to a sleep away camp, so my knowledge is based solely on my two favorite camp movies—The Parent Trap and Moonrise Kingdom—both of which featured memorable rainy day camp scenes.

So today we’re going to prepare for a case of rainy day boredom by making our own board games. Every good camp should have a stack of board games tucked away somewhere, right? Let’s head on over to the activities hall and get started.

  • Cereal box
  • Duct tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Cardstock (regular printer or loose leaf paper will work in a pinch)
  • Pencils
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Small toys to use as pawns
  • Felt
  • Velcro
  • Optional: raid old board games for dice, spinners, etc

cereal box board game steps 1 through 4Cover the box with duct tape. This not only makes it waterproof, which is perfect for rainy days, it makes it more durable.

Make three cuts into the front of the box to create a large fold-down flap. This is the game board.

Glue two strips of felt onto the box. The first is the base. Glue it onto top of the main part of the box. The second is the tab. Glue it to the outside top of the game board. Now, glue a piece of velcro to the the underside of the tab and one to the base.

Glue a piece of cardstock to the interior of the flap.

Make your game! What will players need to do? Will they have to read a word on the board? Name a color? How about solve a math problem?

If your child is overwhelmed by the blank board, help him along by lightly sketching a game board. A curved s is one of the easiest ways to start. Most kids have experience with games that use that classic design—like Candy Land, for example. If you do help them out, make sure you use a pencil. Once their confidence kicks in, they may want to erase your design and draw a new one of their own.

Once the board is finished, it’s time to play!

After your finished, just tuck everything inside the box. Campers know the importance of being prepared. They also know the importance of keeping their bunks nice and tidy too.

If you can play some sports

by BMG-243

Play catch, kick a soccer ball around with him, throw a frisbee around, go to the park and sit on the bench while he plays on the monkey bars or help him do things on the monkey bars.
Go to a bookstore with him. Someone already suggested the library. You don't have to buy a book, look over some while having a drink at the coffee shop.
Do some type of crafts: build a model airplane or car together, play a board game, learn how to play chess with him, play video games (he'll win I'm sure), do a project around the house if he likes that stuff (refinish a piece of furniture, paint something in his room, put up some shelves, find a project at Home Depot to do or do a workshop together there - I'm sure they have some for parents and kids to do together).
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