Tweens love games so it’s no surprise that some of our most successful programs for this age have been based on games. Life size games aren’t too hard to adapt and if you choose games tweens are already familiar with, they have a chance to try something fun without feeling like they don’t know how to play,
We’ve run three different life size game programs at my library-Candy Land, Clue, and Monopoly. Candy Land was the easiest to prepare using laminated construction paper to create the game board path on the floor. Monopoly was the most time consuming. Staff used large poster board to create each space, made sandwich board game pieces for the tweens to act as the game tokens, and collected Monopoly money and cards. For our game of Clue, I used our storyhour room which has tile and taped out outlines of each room and the tile squares counted as one space. The nice thing about putting these games together is once it’s made, it’s a program that can easily be repeated.
Each life size game had a great turnout. Since the tweens were pretty familiar with how to play the game, they caught on quickly. The tweens loved that they were the game pieces and had a blast rolling giant die and moving around the room. Each game we played we gave a time limit but the tweens begged for more rounds. We even had parents join in and play Monopoly and had a fun family event.
I’m looking for more board games that I can transform to a life size format. It’s a great way to bring tweens into the library.