On Thursday, the kids and I enjoyed putting together a Viking board game, Hneftatfl. It’s a game of strategy whose game play reminds me of chess. Find out how to play with complete directions and variations. can be found. Here’s how we made the board:
Supplies needed to make a Viking board game
- 12 X 12 inch piece of thick cardboard (the top or bottom of a pizza box would be excellent)
- Sharpie marker
- playing pieces
How to make a Viking board game
Step 1: Draw a 1/2 inch boarder around the edges of the cardboard square. Then, mark off 1-inch squares in a grid pattern within the boarder. (Warning: some of the following images my be disturbing to readers who expect an adult with a ruler to be able to make a grid of perfect 1-inch squares. The double lines are where I tried to straighten up the originals.)
Step 2: Trace over the pencil marks with the Sharpie marker. Then, erase all pencil marks.
Step 3: Color in each of the four corner squares, the starting squares for each side, and the king’s throne squares. I wrote in the letter indicating what color each of the squares should be (Y=yellow, R=red, B=blue) so that the kids would know what color the key squares should be. Then, they could color the remaining squares – or not – however they wanted.
Step 4: Grab some playing pieces and have fun! We used a set of plastic game pieces that I bought several years ago at a local teacher supply store and counting bears.