Over 100 years ago, in 1908 to be exact, the world-famous board game “Ludo“ was invented. Since then, grandmas, grandads, mums, dads & and of course children excitedly reach for the dice and have great fun annoying their fellow players!
We were inspired by the magical winter landscape on our doorstep and have come up with a very special activity for our younger fans. Particularly now, when we are spending so much time at home, in the bosom of our families, a handcrafted board game makes an ideal change.
You can get really creative with the materials that we’re using today. Fimo, the popular modelling clay, can be purchase in any stationers’ or toy shop.
You’ll need these materials:
- Fimo in different colours
- Game board or piece of square cardboard (approx. 30 x 30 cm)
- Coloured pens, acrylic paint pens or acrylic paint & brushes
- Edding permanent marker
1. FORMING SNOWMEN – BODIES
First of all, roll the balls for the snowmen’s bodies. Take care with size to ensure they fit in the spaces on the board. You need 48 white balls of the same size in total.
2. FORMING SNOWMEN – HATS
In order to tell the players apart in your playing field, you need 4 snowmen per player, each with a different hat colour. Make the hats by rolling a small ball and forming it into a small cone.
3. FORMING SNOWMEN – NOSES
What would a snowman be without a carrot for a nose? So, grab the orange fimo clay and get cracking! You need 16 carrots… erm noses of the same size.
4. FORMING SNOWMEN – EYES
So that the snowmen can see where they going around the board, they certainly need eyes! Just roll lots of tiny black balls and place them correctly.
5. FORMING SNOWMENT – ACCESSOIRIES
As our snowmen are real fashion-lovers, there’s no limit to your imagination. With regard to accessories – let your creativity run wild!
6. HARDEN FIMO MODELLING CLAY
Place your snowman army on a baking tray with baking paper and place in the oven for 30 minutes at 110° in the pre-warmed oven to harden.
Whilst the snowmen are in the oven – hopefully not melting, you can get on with the rest of the game. For your board you need either a large square made of wood or cardboard. We’ve prepared a template of the playing area for you. You just need to print it out on DIN A4 or DIN A3 paper, place over the board and draw the circles heavily with a pencil – so that the circles magically appear on the board.
8. PAINT/STAMP THE BOARD
Now you can paint the in the circles with acrylic pens or acrylic paint and brush and draw around them with a black marker pen.
When your snowmen have cooled and the paint has dried, you can throw the dice and run for home! 😊 We wish you lots of fun making this game yourselves.
Bildnachweis: Fabia Marie Huber