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Easy Indoor Games for Kids


Chaldean Board Game
Make your move with the Chaldean Board Game.
Make your move with the Chaldean Board Game.
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Archaeologists have found game boards made by people called Chaldeans more than 4,000 years ago in the ancient city-state of Ur. Now you can make an easy-to-play version of that same Chaldean board game!

What You'll Need:

  • 3 boxes (Cereal boxes work well, but make sure one box is much smaller and the other two are the same size.)
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Marker
  • Bottle caps

Step 1: Lay the boxes flat, with the smaller box in the middle connecting the other two boxes like a bridge.

Step 2: Glue the boxes together, and paint them however you'd like.

Step 3: When the paint is dry, divide the box tops into squares with a marker or paint. Make the bridge only one square wide. Paint designs in the squares, if you'd like.

Step 4: Decorate bottle caps for game pieces. Be sure to make two sets of game pieces, one for each of the two players.

Step 5: Make up rules for your game. For example, see who can hop his or her game pieces from one end of the game board to the other and back again (like checkers). Or try to line up your markers to block the bridge so your opponent can't get his markers across. You're the rule maker, so make your game as hard or as easy as you'd like!

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