Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Games to Go

My two older children are on an adventure with their grandparents. So, it's me and my little one for the week. Yesterday we made a checkerboard for my son and an alphabet bag for her.

The idea for a traveling checkerboard was inspired by a similar project I saw in Martha Stewart Magazine.

I started by drawing out an 8 by 8 checkerboard on a piece of canvas with disappearing ink. I found a canvas back for a director's chair on sale at a store and used it for this project. It was the perfect size and weight.

Next I used a rubber stamp and white fabric paint to stamp every other square on the canvas.

While that was drying I got out a pile of river rocks from our collection. To symbolize a "king" in the game I stamped a "K" on one side of each rock.

Here is the board rolled up and ready for easy transport with the checkers in a fabric bag.

I can't wait to play when my son gets home from his trip!

While I was stamping I came up with an idea for a matching game for my youngest. I stamped a letter of the alphabet on individual rocks with white paint.

Then I coloured in the letters with a paint pen.

On a canvas bag I wrote the letters of the alphabet with the same pen.

She can match her rocks to the letters and store it all in the bag!

Now what to make for my oldest girl...


  1. i know i comment on every post, but you are so talented!!! I love this idea.

  2. Always good to have a great idea, cheers Marie

  3. Oh my goodness, you are insanely clever. What brilliant ideas.

  4. You always amaze me. Those are such good ideas! I need to do something like that just to utilize the zillion rocks in our house.

  5. I came upon your blog from your article in Rhythm of the Home. I love it, and think this idea is just fabulous. Great job. :)

  6. What a beautiful idea! I may have to make this for christmas!