Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Have a Handmade Christmas {Week 8}

 This week I thought I would show you one of the presents that Aaron has made. It is a travel game set in a tin. You can use it to play Checkers, Tic Tac Toe and 5 in a Row.

To make it you need:
  • A tin that has tops and bottoms that are big enough to play a game on.
  • Flat Glass "marbles" in two colors.
  • Magnets (we used the type that we were given with advertisements on them- we cut them up)
  • Paint
  • Hot glue
To make the set Aaron cut out magnets to fit on the back of each of the "marbles" (he did 12 of each color) and glued them on. 
Then I marked the grid for Checkers and he painted the squares red and then after that dried he painted the other ones green. This was done on the inside of the lid. We had thought about painting the top of the lid but it had a cute Christmas picture and we decided to leave it alone.

 On the inside of the tin he put dots. (At first he painted dots but they weren't in very good rows and so he painted over that and then he (with some assistance at getting them in rows) used permanent marker to make more dots. To play this each person takes turns putting down their color of piece- wherever they desire on the board- trying to get 5 in a row and also trying to keep the other person blocked.
  On the bottom of the tin he painted a tic tac toe board.

 This project took a few days simply because of paint needing to dry but it is a pretty simple project. Jonathan loves to play games so this is a gift for him.

 Do you have any other ideas for games that would work with this?

What have you been making for Christmas lately?
Please link up your projects. Please link to you specific project post and please link back to here. Thank you!!


4 comments:

Greg and Donna said...

Y'all always come up with great ideas that inspire me! Thanks for sharing all your goodies!

Anonymous said...

That's a great idea. Great job and a very nice gift!

Jackie said...

I love how creative your kids are. What a neat idea.

fblife said...

What a great idea! I did something similar in an altoids container.

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