Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Creative Space - The Sorting Game

A few posts back, I made up a board to sort and play with some dinosaur toys the kids have. I got the idea from a friend so I decided to make up a game for her kids.

Because she doesn't have dinosaurs, I made up a set of 4 shapes - circles, triangles, squares and rectangles - in 4 colours - red, blue, yellow and purple.

Similar to the dinosaur game, on one side of this game board, there are 4 white shapes. This side is used to identify the different shapes and sort them by type.


On the other side are 4 coloured blobs. This side is used to sort the shapes into the different colours.


Like last time, this game board is made from plywood wrapped in one of the kids' old fleece blankets, then covered with black fabric.

I also made a bag to store the board and shapes so:
- they don't get lost
- my friend doesn't curse me when she finds little shapes all over her house (not that she would ever curse me!)


This game is easy to make and could be made from scraps and recycled/thrifted materials. I had plywood left over from another project but an old wooden/cork placemat would work just as well.

I love this game because it is handmade, can be played with 1 or more kids and has some learning involved. I also like to imagine it is fun! Like the dinosaur game, I have plans to make a dice and can see potential for different games using the board and shapes.

For more creative spaces, head on over to visit Kirsty who is getting all excited about making things in her new house.



And because I'm silly, I have an extra copy of MixTape Issue 10 (the current issue for a few more days!). I'll randomly choose a comment and send the issue to that person. If it's you and you already subscribe, then you can let me know I'll choose someone else. MixTape is great, especially when read while lying on the couch with a cuppa or coffee or other drink of your choice! If you want to subscribe to MizTape, you can here.

46 comments:

Cathy said...

Love it - children love packing away when they can see the order - and having such a beautiful bag to pack in to fabulous

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

That's a fabulous game - you're so clever with what you come up with Nikki! I especially love the idea of a bag to pack it all into. Packing. Up. Is. Good. (Well I keep trying to convince my boys of this).

yardage girl said...

Another wonderful idea. We already play "cardigans dinosaurs" at home here - brill!

michelle said...

that is a great idea Nikki. it is so beautifully made too

caramela said...

What a clever idea! And as michelle above says, beautifully crafted too!
Annamaria

M* (Melanie) said...

It's a fantastic game. I love all the colours and the simplicity of it all. As the saying goes... the simple things in life are often the best.

Please leave me out of your giveaway. I already have a copy of issue 10! How great is mixtape?

Maria Rose said...

You're so cool!

teddybearswednesday said...

What a great game, and how special to make them a game rather than buy one. It's really gorgeous.

m.e (Cathie) said...

you're soooo clever!!!
love it, love it, love it ♥

Selina said...

I love this Nikki! you are very clever!

One Flew Over said...

What a fantastic game, I bet it is a big hit with the little ones x

Deb said...

It is a big hit with the little ones! Amelie likes to put all of the shapes in to the bag and Zoe sorts things in to different piles - I would love to understand what is going through her little head, it seems so random but done with such conviction there must be good reasons for everything. We would be lost without our "Nikki" toys and games. X

evilredcaboose said...

Clever game for the little ones! Wish I had -your- teacher brain.

Btw, never heard of the magazine. Would love to check it out.

redorgrayart said...

the shapes so appeal to me...and the pouch to hold them all of course.

Rose said...

What a great game. I might have to copy this and make some up for christmas gifts for under the wishing trees around town.

Liam's Mummy said...

It looks like a lovely game. I really like that it has it's own special bag.

Becky said...

This is another great idea. I loved your dinosaurs too and will add this to the list of great suff to make for the children :)

anna said...

I just can't get over how wonderful that game is.

Gina said...

OK, I'm seeing a book in the making... come on, Nikki, you would have to be one of the best brains and creatives out there for this type of creation!!!

I have MixTape already, but I'm enjoying your ditzyness and subsequent generosity...

beck said...

Fab game, I liked the dinosaur one too. You could make these to sell, I'm sure they would be popular xo ps I love whippets too, my boyfriend of days gone by, had a lovely one called Gidget. She was so gorgeous x

Tania said...

N, it's so bleedingly obvious. This is your niche. I'm putting it top of the agenda!

Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

Oh I love it. It's gorgeous. Such a great idea.

Don't put me in the giveaway. I already subscribe.

Michelle said...

Such a fantastic idea! you're very clever, you know!

I already subscribe, so better leave me out of the giveaway. But thanks!

Linda said...

such a great idea and so well made!! fabbo

Karen said...

That would be a great gift Nikki.
I'm another one loving the bag to store it in too. Board games are such a great way to learn without the kids realising it.
Learn through play - works for me!

The Craft Gypsy said...

What a fab idea! Thanks for sharing it :) Is covering the board with fabric very tricky?

Pippi creates said...

Another great idea and such a well thought out gift. The bag is a perfect finishing touch. Just awesome!

Sandrine said...

Great idea and beautifully made Nikki!I love the fact that it does not come in an ugly cardboard box, but in really pretty handmade pouch!Well done (I have my copy of Mixtape already just eed the couch , tea and quiet:)xx

trixi said...

It's amazing how much fun and how much time little kids can spend sorting into shape and colour piles!
I like your little tag at the side of the game bag but couldn't read what it said.

Ooty said...

Brilliant! Great idea for kids my little one watching it with me and got all excited about it =D
I love your ideas for kids!

Kylie said...

Such a great idea! Great fun for learning shapes & colours. Love those dinos too. Thanks for comment re: slimy teeth! I know what you mean. Three things I can't wait to do... eat an apple properly, run my tongue over my new teeth and smile at everyone with a big, toothy grin! :)

Kylie said...

This is such a great idea! So lovely of you to make for your friend too :) K

tea with lucy said...

You are such a clever inspiring supermama!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

That is a wicked game... Have you seen these http://chezbeeperbebe.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutorial-how-to-make-plush-alphabet.html I want to make these for Bear as he has started reading the weet-bix box (always a sure sign of healthy learning) He got upset last week at breakfast. I asked why he was crying and he said that I didn't buy the 'organic' weet-bix. He pointed where the word should be and sure enough it was gone!! Hehe

Mixtape Rocks too!!!

xo Steph

Mel said...

Nice one Nikki! What a lucky friend you have! Looks beautifully made as usual too ;)

Amanda said...

I LOVE it...I really need to do something like this, it would certainly get a ton of use that's for sure. And how great that it is so portable..Great Job

Cindy said...

It's wonderful...I'm sure it's very well loved. Something to be cherished and passed on.

Tanya said...

NIce job Nikki.
Ticks all my boxes!!
I haven't had my hands on a copy of mixtape ever but have heard/ read all about it. Hmmm, I might suggest a sub for Christmas...

Miss Muggins said...

I love the whole package! Educational, colourful, thrifty and fun. You are a fab friend too!

Treacle Beak said...

Another great idea beautifully executed ... what else would we expect?? Luckyv friend's kids!

Leahdis said...

Very, very cool! Love that it all packs away too! You are to clever.

kellie said...

such a great idea ~ and a great gift! thanks for sharing your ideas too!

june at noon said...

Great idea, and smart to make a bag to hold it all. Although, I have to say that my two-year-old, who has plenty of bags for specific purposes, either refuses to keep things in the bags or stuffs them full of so many other odd things that I end up not being able to find random things later in the week! ;)

Cath from chunkychooky said...

that is brilliant- I have been thinking about a sorting game of sorts... bloody good job love.

Karin said...

What a wonderful idea Nikki. Would it be okay if I borrowed the idea for a Sinterklaas present? Very creative, wonderful!

Kirsten said...

Great idea! It will go on the gift list.