It’s summer in Georgia and it is H-O-T! While I like taking Raileigh outside to play, our time outdoors is limited due to the heat.
However, this doesn’t mean we aren’t having fun. Often times, you can find us creating and crafting fun activities, playing games, reading books, and using our imaginations.
Recently, we had the opportunity to combine two of our favorite activities- crafts and games. We created a fun activity using Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue Stick and got our Game On when it was complete.
The best part was that we got to share our fun project with several of our friends. First, we stopped by Wal-Mart to gather all of our supplies for our exciting #gluenglitter party. In addition to #xtremeschoolglue, there were some other Elmer’s Products that I needed to pick up as well. You can check out our entire shopping experience at Intersect.
When we returned home, I got to work preparing to make our project:
I knew that this project was truly a great way to combine two things we enjoy. Would you like you like to make one along with us? I’ll share the preparation I did beforehand, as well as how we actually assembled the game at our X-TREMEly Amazing Party!
- Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick
- Elmer’s Foam Board (We chose the Elmer’s 20″ x 30″ Black on Black Foam Board)
- Chennile Stems
- Scrapbook Paper (Elmer’s Construction Paper would also work well)
- Paper Cutter (scissors can be used instead)
- Large Ruler or Yard Stick
- Craft Knife (I recommend the Designer Series Pink Retractable Craft Knife from X-Acto)
- Self-Healing Cutting Mat (recommended)
1. First, we’ll need to cut the foam board to the correct size. I wanted my finished game board to measure 10″ x 10″. This way, I could get SIX game boards from one piece of Elmer’s 20″ x 30″ Black on Black Foam Board. I divided the foam board into 6 equal section using a ruler and pencil.
2. Then, it was time to cut the foam board. I had never cut foam board before and wanted to make sure that I did it right. Luckily, Elmer’s has a great video tutorial that show how to properly cut foam board. I found it incredibly useful, and used the technique they demonstrated to cut my boards.
4. Next, it was time to prepare my game board squares. A traditional tic-tac-toe board measures 3 squares x 3 squares. I figured out that this meant our square pieces needed to measure 3 1/3″ x 3 1/3″. We needed 4 squares of one print and another 5 squares in a contrasting print
We were planning on having young guests at our #xtremeschoolglue party, so I just used a paper cutter to cut out bunches of different squares ahead of time to make things flow more smoothly.
5. Next, I prepared the chennile stems that we were using to make our game pieces. In Tic-Tac-Toe, you need a total of 10 pieces. Only 9 can be on the game board at once. However, either player can go first, and will in turn need 5 pieces potentially to play. Therefore, we need 5 “x” pieces and 5 “o” pieces. It will take half of a chennile stem to make one piece, so you’ll need 5 half pieces in 2 different colors.
6. To make the party go more smoothly, I bundled up little game making packages before the party. They contained a piece of foam board, baggie with chennile stems and paper squares, and an #xtremeschoolglue stick. I held it all together with a ribbon.
7. Time to Party! The day of our event, I moved a few IKEA tables outside and placed a game making package on each one. I also put a few on Raileigh’s small picnic table and on a picnic blanket to give party-goers several options as to where they would like to create.
8. I demonstrated how to start the project- by gluing one square in a corner with #xtremeschoolglue. Then, proceed in a straight line along the edge of the board, alternating the two papers. You should end with a different paper than you started with!
9. Proceed to the next row, starting with a different paper than you did in the previous row. Glue the squares down as you did in the first row. Identical papers should only ever touch at the corners.
11. Now, it is time to create game pieces to play with. To do this, we used chenille stems. To make the “o” pieces, we simply rounded the pieces into a basic circle shape and twisted the ends together. To make the “x” pieces, I found it easiest to cut our half-size chennile pieces in half once more. Then, we twisted the pieces together in the middle. You could stop there, or curl the ends a bit to add a bit of flair.
Older Child Alternative–
Though the party was aimed at younger children, I knew a few older ones would be in attendance as well. So, I upgraded our Tic-Tac-Toe project a bit, and created a DIY Checkers game for the older guests. The entire concept is quite similar, and centers around the 10″ x 10″ square Elmer’s Foam Board. To create the checkers, we used one-fourth of a chennile stem and spiraled it around itself– like a snail shell.
We had a wonderful time hosting our friends for an afternoon combining two of our favorite things- games and crafts! Look at some of the beautiful creations our guests made:
So, what type of food do you serve at a party such as this? Here are a few ideas for you!
We had a blast getting every last detail of our party together. Our guests had a really good time, and we all had a fun game to take home with us in the end.
Disclosure: This post, project, and party were compensated by Collective Bias. However, all ideas and opinions are my own.