My favorite way to end our science co-op; design a board game! Since we just finished our unit on the Human Body that became the theme for our game.
We decided to base our game on the actual game of “Life.” The goal: acquire a medical profession, buy a medical building and retire with the most money.
We choose 6 medical jobs: Surgeon, Doctor, Nurse, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist and Medical Clerk.
We choose 6 medical buildings: Hospital, Nursing Home, Medical Clinic, Doctor’s Office, Pharmacy, and Urgent Care.
If you roll a 1 or a 6 you can switch salaries with any player.
The kids came up with 24 medical ideas for the Health tiles. For instance, “Find a cure for cancer, earn $100.” The tiles will be collected traveling the board and they can’t be read until the player reaches the retirement community.
Then came the real hard work, thinking of different things to write on the squares on the board. A few of my favorite: Lead the group in singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, For a healthy heart do 10 jumping jacks or Leave scalpel in patient pay $30.
Supplies for DIY Science Board Game:
- We modge podged some Google images to the cards.
- Typed up the words onto address labels to make the different cards.
- Then used a black Sharpie pen and neat handwriting completed the board.
If you want to read about last years game “Journey to the Abyss” hop over to my blog post at Bright Ideas Press
If you need some help in getting started with making your own DIY Science board game: