How to make an outdoor giant word game

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Forget staying indoors with board games this summer – we’re taking it to the garden! This simple D.I.Y. outdoor word game will provide you with hours of fun in the sun (or shade), taking on family and friends!

Tools and materials

Boyle Pastel Colours Acrylic Paint Markers - 6 Pack

Craftright 20oz Solid Claw hammer

Empire 600mm Stainless Steel Ruler

Grunt 6mm x 20m White Super Silver Rope

Lattice Makers 50 x 50 x 450mm Hardwood Garden Stakes - 6 Pack

Project Panel White Corflute - 1200mm x 900mm x 3mm

Staedtler Medium Carpenters Pencil

Trojan 240mm General Purpose Scissors

overview of tools and materials required to make a giant word game

Overview

Bring the board game outside with this giant outdoor word game! This version uses corflute to create 100 letter tiles, with your garden acting as the board.

Get the whole family involved, competing to see who can build the most words and points.

The tiles are also a great way to encourage little ones to learn, building words in the garden with no mess.

Best of all, it’s a super simple project that you can do in a weekend. All you’ll need is some corflute, paint pens, garden stakes and rope.

1. Measure the tiles

To make the letter tiles, we’re using white corflute but you could also use masonite sheets and cut them to size, or even re-use cardboard boxes. Tiles can be any size, as long as they are equal – we suggest 30cm x 30cm.

Using a tape measure or ruler, mark out 30cm x 30cm on your corflute/masonite/cardboard.

using ruler to measure

2. Cut the tiles

Once you’ve marked that out it’s now time to start cutting! For a full board, you’ll need 100 tiles in total!

cutting paper with scissors

3. Add the letters to the tiles

To add the letter we’re going to use these paint pens.

You’ll need the below number of tiles per letter.

A: 9

B: 2

C: 2

D: 4

E: 12

F: 2

G: 3

H: 2

I: 9

J: 1

K: 1

L: 4

M: 2

N: 6

O: 8

P: 2

Q: 1

R: 6

S: 4

T: 6

U: 4

V: 2

W: 2

X: 1

Y: 2

Z: 1

Blanks: 2

 

Leave the tiles to dry for a few minutes so they don’t smudge.

writing on paper with textas

4. Add the tile numbers

We’re now going to add the number value to the bottom right corner of the tile. Make sure this is smaller than the letter. You’ll need to add the below values.

1 point: A, E, I, O, U, L, N, S, T, R

2 points: D, G

3 points: B, C, M, P

4 points: F, H, V, W, Y

5 points: K

8 points: J, X

10 points: Q, Z

 

Leave to dry.

drawing an e with a texta

5. Tile holders

To create the tile holders for each player, grab your hammer and hammer in the garden stakes.

hammering wood into grass

6. Tie the rope

Once that’s done, grab your rope and tie it at each end. Rest the back of the tiles on the rope.

tying rope around wood

Tip: Your letters don’t have to be the same colour, so don’t be afraid to get creative with your designs!

Let’s play!

We have a huge range of craft paint and paint pens for your tiles, start shopping today.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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