Monday, January 30, 2012

Homemade Battleship Game with Letters

 Although we almost never eat out, we do have a couple of local pizza joints which offer gluten-free options, so every once in a while we get to enjoy something that Mom didn't cook! Still, I can't stand just recycling those big boxes- what a waste for a one time use of 30 minutes or less!

Confession: I accidentally pinned a "Battleshots" drinking game on Pinterest the other day thinking that it was a kids' game (in my defense the kids playing said game really did look like kids to me). After I got over my horror that I had inappropriately added it to my Early Childhood Ideas board (oh, the shame!!), I decided I actually wasn't too traumatized to make my own (real) kid-friendly version of the old Battleship game with a focus on helping us to recognize our letters.

Check out what we did below!

You will need:

Two pizza boxes of the same size
Paper or contact paper for the bottom
Permanent marker to draw board and write letters
Two groups of markers: one for "hits" and one for "misses" (we used pom poms and glass beads, respectively)
Scrap paper or other toys (two of each) to be your battleships

Cut a piece of paper (I had a very plasticy type paper that worked well to cover grease on the bottom of the box, but contact paper would work well too) to fit inside your box. Draw the number of boxes you will need. I did 26 for letters, plus the numbers 1-10, which meant that I could just do 6 rows and 6 columns. Make two, because you'll want to end up with two pizza box game stations.

Add glue...

Fit your paper in once you've added the numbers and/or letters.

While those a drying you can cut out your ships. I just used a couple pieces of scrap paper, but you could be more creative and use toy battleships or anything else you have lying around. The key is to have two of everything because each player will need to use an identical game piece on his board.

Here is everything you need to play, minus the pom-poms, which I added later. :) You need boxes, some sort of small markers to note which spaces you've called out, and identical "battleships."

Put your paper scraps randomly on the board, just like you would in the real Battleship game.

Here's where I added the pom pom idea: we used the glass stones to mark "misses" and pom poms to mark "hits." For example, Ben would call out the letter P, and if I had a ship there he would use a pom pom to mark the P on his board, but if I didn't he would use a glass bead. (This took a few turns to get the hang of, but it eventually worked out. I'm sure others can think of a better way to do this!)

A peek at us mid-game. (Ben's making the sound effects for hitting one of my ships...)

Overall we had a lot of fun with this homemade game, both making it and playing it. I had to keep checking Ben's side to be sure that the proper markers were being used and were being placed on the right letters and numbers, but that was OK. I suspect that as we play this game more often it will be easier, and it certainly did make us work on recognizing those letters!


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