Board games are so much fun. With the variety of styles and age ranges available there is literally something for everyone. If you have ever played with small children, though, you have likely experienced the frustration of little do-it-myself arms knocking all of the pieces over. This easy DIY family game night board solves the problem by making the game board easy to rotate so that little hands can always reach their pieces. The best part is that it’s non-skid so the board stays in place while you play!
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- Wooden Lazy Susan (I got mine from IKEA)
- Puffy Fabric Paint (The colors I used are all in this pack)
Remove the packaging from your lazy susan and wipe is down with a damp cloth.
Write the word “Family” on the top third of the lazy susan.
- Try to center it on the board.
- I used the Lime paint for this word.
Next, outline the word “Game” in block letters directly underneath the word “Family”. Do not fill in the letters yet.
- I used the Turquoise paint for this word.
Write the word “Night” last in the same style as you wrote “Family” in step 2. This should be directly underneath the word “Game”.
Allow your paint to dry completely.
After your paint has dried, fill in the block letters of the word “Game” with a secondary paint color.
- I used Yellow paint for this.
Add starts around the edges. Be sure to vary the sizes to add visual interest.
- I used 2 different paint colors to create the stars: Yellow and Purple.
Continue embellishing the lazy susan until you have the look you want.
- I wanted a fun and colorful look for ours (because family game nights are a celebration) so I added bubbles, party swirls (my own term), and polka dots. This gave it that celebratory vibe I wanted.
Allow all of your paint to dry completely before use. I recommend at least 24 hours.
I only waited 12 hours and then stacked my package of fabric paint on top of it. The packaging kind of stuck and now we’ll have black letters forever on the paint. That’s okay though because I feel like it gives it an extra fun element. Luckily a baby wipe took off all of the paper from the stuck packaging leaving just the letters. That reminds me; wipe down your DIY family game night board with a damp cloth to clean as needed. Looking for some fun new games to add to your family night? Here are a few of our faves:
Don’t think you can only play this with older kids. When we play this for family night, the 3 (almost 4) year old is usually on my team. She “manages” the properties for me, rolls the dice, and moves the piece abound the board with help from me. She also loves to hand over money when we have to pay people or the bank.
This game doesn’t get enough love. It is a great way to teach kids beginning money-management skills. My 7-year-old has begun coping what I do and putting the money to pay the bills with those bills as he draws them. This way we know exactly how much we have to spend on deals throughout the month.
The beauty of the version we own is that there are 2 different card types. One is geared towards young kids and one is geared towards adults. This lets the game be fun for everyone. The kids get to guess at pictures while the adults take on actual trivia prowess.
This is a fun and silly game to play any night of the week. All of the options are family-friendly (at least the ones we’ve gotten to) although younger children may need some of the options explained, like penicillin. The best part about this game is that there is no “right” answer. You simply need to pick the most popular one.
There you have it. Now you can totally rock your next family game night easily. With the DIY family game night board your biggest worry will be what snacks to serve instead of “Where was that piece at again?” You can get even more fun family night ideas with this Moana-themed family night and 10 easy ways to connect with your kids!