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By Lynne Garnereducational and craft writer

original article published October 2010

Encourage children’s creativity and imagination with these easy-to-make ideas for simple and fun games.


Items to keep in your cupboard:

  • Buttons, shells, stones and so on, for counters
  • Dice
  • A4 card and paper
  • Crayons, pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Marbles
  • Old magazines for cutting up

Activities in this article:

  1. Snake spiral
  2. Colour the fish
  3. Puzzle Fun
  4. Find your twin
  5. Shell bingo
  6. Through the arches

1. Snake spiral

Snake game

This game can be played by up to six players and is a simplified version of an ancient Egyptian game called Mehen.

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