I am a big fan of increasing the scale of regular activities by making them BIGGER! It is a great way to keep little ones engaged and moving!
Do you remember playing dots and boxes when you were a kid? It was one of those boredom busting games I used to play with my brother while we waited at the doctor’s appointments or anytime we were bored and had a sheet of paper and pen.
I know I would have loved to play a GIANT version of this game!
How to set up GIANT Dots and Boxes
Grab a giant sheet of Kraft paper and sharpie. There are a few ways you can to create the dots. You can use a ruler and measure approximately 10 cm or 4 inches between each dot.
Another way (and this is the way I used) is to use a small square box or square board book and take your black sharpie and place a dot on the paper at each corner of the book. Move the book down and create dots all the way down and across the sheet.
I created an 8×8 grid but you can make it as big or as small as you want.
How to Play Dots & Boxes
The rules for Giant Dots and Boxes are the same as the regular sized dots and boxes.
Two players take turns adding a single horizontal or vertical line between two unjoined adjacent dots.
A player who completes the fourth side of a 1×1 box earns one point and takes another turn.
Record a point by writing your initial inside the box.
The game ends when no more lines can be placed. The winner is the player with the most points!
Such a Fun Game
This was such a fun game that my competitive 5 year old enjoyed! She was very eager to create boxes and so tended not to play strategically but eventually began to understand where to place her line.
This would be a fun game for siblings to play and you can make it slighly smaller than the one I created but still big enough to make it fun.
Take it Outside
You can also use sidewalk chalk to create the dot grid and to create the boxes!
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- Large sheet of white paper
- Masking Tape
- Black Sharpie
- Ruler or Square board book or square box
- Paint sticks in 2 different colours