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January 10, 2020

- Cardboard or cardboard according to your size requirements
- felt-tip pens, rulers
- Copies of dinosaurs
- 4 pawns, dice

- Scissors, eagle owl craft glue

I made a dinosaur game with my grandson because he is currently very enthusiastic about these animals.
Our cardboard box for the playing field is 42 x 36 cm. We drew on 30 squares that are approx. 7 x 7 cm.
We copied and cut out various dinosaurs from a dinosaur book. My grandson stuck this on the playing field.

Then we thought of rules and wrote them down on the fields. You can think of rules according to your own imagination. Arrows can be used to mark the direction the dinosaurs have to go. Everyone receives a die and the game begins.

Our rules:
Start bottom left,
to get to the field:
- Babies with eggs and dinosaurs - Babies hatch, 4 spaces forward
- Triceratops fight - 1 space back
- Diploducus eats leaves - you can go up to the head
- Gallimimus hops very quickly - 3 spaces forward
- Dino eats stones - expose once
- Citipati can fly - 1 space forward
- Dino family moves - 3 spaces forward
- Carnivore attacks - you are lost, you have to retire

- Goal - everyone is saved

For my grandson, leaving was too cruel, so we changed it:

- Carnivore attacks - quickly roll the dice again

Children have a lot of fun inventing their own rules!

For the figures we took a small round piece of wood and glued the dinosaur head that was cut out twice.

Babies hatch 4 spaces forward Triceratops Fight - Back 1 Space

Diploducus eats leaves - you can go up to the head
Dino eats stones - expose once
Gallimimus hops very quickly - 3 spaces forward
Citipati can fly - 1 space forward
Dino family moves - 3 spaces forward
Carnivore attacks - you are lost, have to be eliminated

Goal - everyone is saved

cut out, bend a small piece at the bottom
and on the wood gluing

Book tips:

April 22, 2016

Animals for handicrafts
- empty milk cartons, felt-tip pens
- Googly eyes, construction paper
- Eagle owl craft glue, glue stick, children's scissors


Collect milk cartons. Wash them well and let them dry. Use construction paper to tape the milk cartons, or if you do not have this on hand, you can also use newsprint to tape.
We cut our bags to a height of 9 cm. Your grandchild can use his imagination to paint and cut out the heads of different animals. You can also take our suggestions and print out the appropriate templates.
z. B. Elephant:
Tape the milk carton with gray construction paper or newspaper. In the meantime, your grandchild can paint and decorate the elephant's head according to their imagination. If you stick newspaper to the milk carton, you can paint it in bright colors with acrylic paints. The construction paper can also be painted with patterns or colorful blobs.
When everything is dry, the head is glued to the front and the tail to the back of the milk carton.
The instructions are the same for all other animals. (Giraffe, fox, frog, whale, lion, polar bear and penguin). First tape the milk carton with suitable construction paper or newspaper, then paint, decorate, glue on the head and finally attach the tail.

Material requirements frogSide viewFront view

Material requirements whaleSide viewFront view

Material requirement lionSide viewFront view

Material requirements penguinSide viewFront view


Game "animals are looking for a cave"

Goal of the game:
1. The creativity and imagination of the child is stimulated by crafting and designing their own game. Every child can choose their own favorite animal.
2. Children learn to design a toy figure from waste products such as milk cartons.
3. The recognition of colors is trained for smaller children.
4. The ability to remember is trained for older children by having to memorize the number of stones that they are allowed to take for each color.
5. Perseverance is required when a child has to wait for the right die color to get into the cave.
6. Children learn about the different kinds of food animals can eat. Have a conversation in which the children learn what animals eat and what food they need to live.
7. The sense of community is stimulated and social behavior is trained by spending the night together in a cave and picnicking together in the cave.
8. Children can enjoy nature and collect stones. You will learn the combination of worthless material and nature (stones) to bring together.
9. As the animals sleep one night, tension is built up in the child for the next day.
10. The game isn't about being first, it's about arriving one after the other and waiting for each other. There is no winner because some children are hard to lose. Every animal arrives, everyone builds their camp and lives together peacefully.
11. Mainly it is about the sense of community, the togetherness, the social behavior and the common fun in the game.

- Animals from milk cartons
- Playing field made of cardboard, cardboard or construction paper
- colorful construction paper circles to stick on
- pebbles (look in nature)
- 1 color cube, large, wooden cube
- big box for the cave
- colored cloth for the cave
- cut out food for the animals
- (Crunchy things for the child)

Instructions playing field:
For the playing field, we glued together strips of construction paper to a size of 100 x 81 cm. So you can set up eight milk cartons at the start. The box for the cave should also be at least 81 cm wide, so that each animal gets a bed.
When the playing field is ready, draw 8 squares for the animals on the starting line or glue on squares cut out of construction paper. (see photo)
Cover the playing field with colored construction paper circles. You can cut out large, small, and medium-sized circles. Glue the circles on so that the animals standing on them do not obstruct each other. There should be roughly the same number of circles of each color.
Tip:Look at your color cube to see what colors it is. You should glue on five of these colors.
We have a cube with the colors: white, green, blue, red, yellow and black. Since our playing field is black, you can roll again when you roll black.
Place the cardboard box with the cloth on the opposite home page. This is the cave all animals go into.

Game instructions and course:
Each child places their animal on a starting field. The pebbles (wash beforehand) are distributed on the playing field between the circles. The first child starts to roll the color die. For example, if he rolls the color red, he can hop onto a red field and throw two stones into his bag. Then it's the turn of the next child, etc.
This is repeated until all the stones in the bags have disappeared.
The children can choose the right circle for the color they roll on the playing field on which they want to jump. You can hop forwards, backwards, sideways or however you like.

Version 1:
We have stipulated that small children can always put two stones in the bag when they roll red and blue and only one stone when they roll yellow, green and white. In the case of black, each child may roll the dice again.
Variant 2:
For the older children one can demand the memory a little more. E.g. the child rolls the dice green, then hops onto a green field and is allowed to throw a stone into the bag. If it rolls red, it hops onto a red field and may take two stones. With blue it can take three stones, with white four stones and with yellow five stones. It takes a lot of concentration. (Can also be simplified)

Dear grandparents, you decide which option is appropriate for your grandchild.

Playing field with stones and pawns
Cardboard box (fruit box) for the cave

Cover the cardboard box with colored clothAnimals collect stones and
wander into the cave
Animals are in the cave and are building
a camp with the stones

Further course of the game:
Only when all the stones in the milk cartons have disappeared do the animals begin to migrate into the cave. You continue to roll the dice and hop on the dice in the direction of the cave. If a child rolls black (or the sixth color depending on the color die) they can go straight into the cave and start building the camp. For the camp you take all the stones out of the bag and place them around the animal.
It is not about being the first in the camp, but that all animals spend the night together in the cave. When all the animals have arrived in the cave and everyone has built their camp, the cloth is pulled down and the animals are allowed to sleep for a night.

Next day - foraging:
A template is included for the food. Your grandchild can also use his imagination to record and cut out food. Cut out enough things so that each animal gets roughly the same number.
(Have a chat with your grandchildren about the different foods animals need to live.)
The next day you open the cloth again. The animals are hungry. Between the circles you put the different things that you cut out beforehand (e.g. for the penguin, the polar bear and the whale: fish; for the frog: earthworm and dragonflies; for the elephant and the giraffe: plants, flowers, greenery; for the lion and the fox: nests with eggs, small animals such as mice or rabbits).
All stand up again at the start and begin to roll the dice one after the other. With every color change you can put a suitable food in the bag. E.g. the frog may only take dragonflies or earthworms, the elephant may only take plants and greens etc. If an animal is no longer able to eat on the playing field, it can make its way back to the cave and unpack everything there. Then it waits until all the other animals have also arrived. The cave can be reached by rolling the color black. When all the animals have arrived they empty the bags and have a cozy picnic together. Then the cloth is pulled back down and the next night begins.
Version 1:
The search for food can be made a little more difficult by setting up the following rule:
Polar bears, penguins and whales can hop on any color they roll, but they can only throw food into the bag if they are blue.
The color yellow applies to the giraffe and the elephant.
The frog is only allowed to take something when it arrives on a green circle.
The color of the fox and the lion is red.
When you roll white, everyone can take a food that suits them.
If you roll black, you can roll the dice again and at the end go into the cave.
Variant 2:
Also put a few little things in between for children to eat. E.g. gummy bears, sweets, biscuits, nuts, etc. Whenever a food for the animal finds its way into the bag, the child can also put something in it for itself.
The aim is for the children to have something to crunch at the picnic and for the joy of doing something together to be even greater.
Variation 3: Birthday party
You can take the animals from milk cartons as place cards for birthday parties and give small gifts for the invited guests. Or you can play this game for your birthday. They distribute small wrapped gifts on the playing field and every child can put one in the bag when they roll the dice of the right color. All the little things in the cave are then unpacked together.

Food lying
between the circles
Animals collect them in
the bags
 Animals picnic together in the cave

Tip 1: Utensilio
If after a while there is no longer any interest in the game, the animals can also be used as a storage bin for pens or other items.

October 7, 2013

If it's another rainy day, spontaneously do a hidden object game with your grandchild.
Take binoculars or make one. Description follows below.

Sit by the window with your grandchild. Start by looking outside through the binoculars and picking a thing. E.g. neighbour's green garbage can. While you look through the binoculars, your grandchild has to close his eyes so that he cannot see in which direction you have found your object. Only describe your thing in terms of color. z. B. I saw something that was green. Now your grandchild takes the binoculars and looks for this green object. That can take a little longer because you can only see parts of it through the binoculars. Once it has found the thing, the grandchild can choose something and the grandmother has to close her eyes.
In the case of older children, the descriptions can be made more difficult, e.g. describing outlines or naming initial and final letters, etc.

Our tip:if your grandchild doesn't feel like doing handicrafts,
buy him sturdy binoculars for children!

Binoculars made from toilet rolls
- Toilet rolls, possibly duct tape
- Paint box paints and brushes
- hanging strap or string
- Scissors

simple binocularstoilet rolls glued together  


Work steps:
If you are a quite simple binocularswant to do handicrafts with your grandchild, then take two toilet rolls that your grandchild can paint with paint box colors. If you have a colored tape, tape it around the edges of the roll and bend the tape inward a little. The edge becomes softer when you hold it to your eye. Let the paints dry and then glue the rolls together. Poke a hole in the pulley on the right and left outside and thread a cord through it. Make a knot inside. So your grandchild can put their binoculars around their necks.

If you have a better binocularsIf you want to make things with the bridge of your nose comfortably between the rolls, then glue a short, thin roll between them. Cut a toilet roll 6 cm long and 4 cm wide. Roll them up again and paint them. Or, like us, stick a colored tape on the roll. You glue this small toilet roll between the painted large toilet rolls and you have comfortable binoculars.

better binoculars with
Middle piece
comfortable for the bridge of the noseMiddle piece 6cm long, 4cm wide with
Tape wrapped around

September 30th, 2013

Play with your grandson on the homemade playing field!

It's going to be exciting - will grandfather, grandmother or grandchildren score the most goals?

- Cardboard or carton approx. 50 x 62cm in size
- green wrapping paper or green wrapping paper
- Watch, glue stick
- Scissors, felt-tip pen
- 2 magnets: either pin board magnets without a plastic edge or round magnets from a craft store

Work steps:
Stick the green paper on the box or cardboard with your grandchild and draw a center line, a goal and two starting circles for the magnets with a black felt-tip pen. Your grandchild can stick a football picture on one of the magnets. Either cut out the soccer ball from a newspaper or print out the enclosed template and paint the ball. The more men are glued to the field, the more difficult it will be to get the "ball" into the goal. If your grandchild feels like it, they can still paint or stick the jersey of their favorite club on the males.

How to play:
Competition: grandpa against grandchild
Everyone has a minute to score as many goals as possible. That means whoever has brought the most "balls" into the goal during this time is the winner!
Take two magnets that are polarized differently and thus repel each other. Then place the soccer magnet in the front starting circle.
Let's go! The rear magnet pushes the soccer magnet in front of it between the males and across the field into the goal. As soon as the "ball" has crossed the goal line, the goal counts. You can still incorporate other football rules.


22nd September 2013

Self-made snowman game:
"The snowman finds a friend"

- sturdy cardboard paper (size of your choice) e.g., card for task description
- felt-tip pensand colored pencils
- dice

Work steps:

Cut out sturdy cardboard paper approx. 42 x 35 cm and draw rectangular boxes approx. 7 x 7 cm in size with the ruler. Your grandchild can paint pictures according to his imagination and think of what kind of task the snowman can or must do. Your grandchild can draw these pictures again on a description card and you write down the task you have conceived.
The game starts at the arrow in the lower left corner. Everyone can roll the dice and move as many spaces as the dice's eyes show. If you come across a picture, it is searched for on the enclosed description card and read out which task may or must be performed.

By drawing arrows on it, your grandchild can find the way more easily.

You are also welcome to print out our suggestions!
- a sun - Task:The snowman has to start all over again because the sun melts him.
- a cloud with falling snowflakes - Task:The snowman is happy and can run 3 spaces forward.
- a snowman without a nose - task: The snowman is sad because he has lost his nose and has to stop once.
- a snowman with a broom - Task:The snowman receives a broom and is happy to be allowed to roll the dice again.
- a snowman on a sledge - task: The snowman drives down the mountain quickly and is allowed to move 6 spaces forward.
- a snowman from the side and looks in the target direction - task: The snowman sees a friend and wants to go there quickly, throw two more dice.
- an igloo - Task:The snowman rests and takes a break, if he rolls a 1 or 6 he may move on.
- two snowmen are the goal of the game, the snowman has found a friend - Task:You have to reach the goal with the exact number of dice.

Start field snowman
on sledge
on sledge sun

Igloo cloud with snowflakes Snowman without a nose
Goal: the snowman finds a friend


You can make snowmen yourself as toy figures.


- cotton balls approx. 2cm and 2.5 cm in diameter
- felt-tip pens
- construction paper, crepe paper
- Eagle owl craft glue, glue stick, children's scissors

Work steps:
For the little snowmen, glue two different sized balls of cotton wool on top of each other.
Your grandchild can paint a face with eyes and mouth on the smaller one, and black buttons on the larger one.
Glue the two balls together with eagle owl craft glue.
For a firm hold, we glue a circle cut out of construction paper under the large ball and as a hat the same size of a cut-out circle on top of the small ball. We use our fingers to shape balls out of different colored crepe paper and glue them to the black hat washers.
This creates many colorful snowmen that can be used as pawns.
For the noses, you can twist some orange crepe paper between your fingers and stick it on.

Snowman from
Snowman from the side
Snowmen as pawns


22nd September 2013

Your grandchild can paint and design according to their imagination!

- 4 snowmen (you can find self-made at winter handicrafts - snowmen)
- Playing field (for this you need colored pencils, felt pens, eagle owl craft glue, glue stick, children's scissors, a sturdy box)
- 12 tasks and 7 field cards
- 7 blue, approx. 15 red and approx. 60 brown circles cut out
- dice

The playing field is the idea of ​​an 8 year old girl.

Design of the playing field:
Take a piece of white paper and draw 7 fields that your grandchild can paint according to their imagination. We painted a forest, a city, a sea, mountains, a playground, igloos in the snow and a meadow of flowers on the fields. When everything is finished, your grandchild can cut out all the fields and stick them together on a larger black construction paper.
There must be space between the glued-on fields to glue the cut-out circles that show the way.
The blue circles are each glued into a colored area. (7 fields - 7 blue circles)
The red circles represent tasks that the snowmen have to complete when they roll the dice.
Your grandchild can stick the red and brown circles on according to their imagination and connect the fields with them.
Between the circles we drew connecting lines on the black construction paper with a white pen and on the fields with a black pen so that the direction of travel is always clear.

7 field cards. Cut out 7 cards of the same size and write the name of the field on it (e.g. forest, city, mountains, etc.) or your grandchild will draw a section of the field on the card. E.g. in the field "Mountains" a mountain is drawn on a card.
12 task cards. Your grandchild can use his imagination to invent tasks and write them on the cards.

We have labeled our cards with the following tasks:
- roll the dice again, - go back to the start, - go to the blue point of the flower meadow and continue on the path, - advance 3 points, - advance when rolling a 6 or a 1, - advance 6 points, - suspend 2x, - Joker, you can go to your desired country, - advance into the next field to the blue point, - go back 2 points, - go to the blue point in the forest and continue your way, - suspend 1x;

Game flow:
Each snowman stands on the starting field of his color and draws a field card (e.g. the mountains)
First he looks for the mountains on the playing field and then the right path to them.
He starts rolling the dice at the start. With a 1 or 6 he may start and follow the points connected by lines to the field on his field card. (Mountains) There is a blue dot on the field. If this is reached (does not have to be with the exact number of dice), then the snowman can draw a new field card and continue his way to the next field.
You can pull backwards and forwards.
On the way he often comes across a red dot. Here he has to draw a task card each time and solve the task. The cards are put back under the pile.
When all field cards are used up, the snowman drives to the target field. Here he has to finish with the exact number of dice. Whoever does it first is the winner!

As a tip:
Your grandchild can also paint, for example, a dinosaur land, a knight's castle, a railway station, etc. on the fields.

Field division on
white paper
painted field - the sea

the flower meadowthe mountainsthe forest 


Playing field with glued on
Playing field with glued on
Points as ways

Target field connected paths
Starting field


Field cards - task cardsExamples of painted
Field maps
Starting field 


You will find the right snowmen for the game
at Christmas crafts - snowmen

July 30, 2012

Making a self-designed card game and playing with it is especially for Rainydayssuitable.

For example, if there are three of you, grandma, grandpa and grandchild, cut together for each 6 to 10 cards of the same size made of cardboard (shoe box or cardboard inserts) or construction paper.

Everyone can now theme think about what he would like to stick on his cards. The grandma takes e.g. Flowers, the grandpa Animals and the grandson cars.
Then pick up magazines or magazines and cut out 6 to 10 things of your choice.
Now the grandmother pasted her cards with cut out flowers, the grandfather his cards with cut out animals and the grandson his cards with the cut out cars. When all cards are covered, you can start a game.

Put all the cards face down on the table or on the floor and shuffle them up a little. It goes around, the grandchild begins to reveal two cards. For example, if he reveals a flower twice, he may keep the cards, if he reveals a flower and a car, the cards are placed face down on the table again. Anyone who discovers two motifs of a topic can keep them.

Perhaps your grandchild can come up with another way to play. Then we would be happy if you let us know by email!

July 30, 2012

Depending on Age Your grandchild can divide the puzzle into more or less (or easier or more difficult) individual parts be cut up.

As a suggestion, we have a template for you and your grandchildren Germany puzzle designed with 10 individual parts. The template with the individual parts and the floor plan can be downloaded and printed out free of charge. The best thing to do is to stick the flag on top of one before cutting it up stronger cardboardso that the individual parts are more durable.

The smaller Grandchildren can first try to arrange the parts on the floor plan again during the Bigger ones try to fold the flag without a template.

You can of course use the stencil for any countryuse. Simply paint the flag of each country on the flag outline, then cut up the flag.

Have fun puzzling the flags!

July 30, 2012

Find one thin cardboard, cut each one Domino cards4 x 8 cm, divide the cards in the middle with a line and let the grandchildren use the cards paint.
For example you can have 3 cards with one Apple and paint another motif and a card with 2 apples. It is important that the apples always look (more or less) the same. A motive should appear 4 or 5 times on the cards. Before you cut out the cards you could also do one clear adhesive film stick on so that the cards do not get dirty or broken so quickly. The imagination there are no limits to the child. Blank cards without a motif are also part of it. Motifs are e.g. Cherries, Flowers, fish, boats, frogsetc
If the grandchild feels like it, you can also have a small one box tinker out of cardboard for the domino game.

Apple and flower, ship and fish

Gift tip: Your grandchild loves to play dominoes, but doesn't feel like making one himself? Then give him one as a present. Here is a small selection.


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