Do your kids ever want to be the same game piece when playing a board game? Then, make them their own personalized Picture Game Pieces using their photos!
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Picture Game Pieces
Whether it’s the color red gingerbread man in Candy Land (yes, still a favorite game of ours!) or the boy with brown hair in Money Bags, there is always one of my kids who has to be another character or person. Of course, we take turns with the game pieces. We use alternative game pieces like Lego characters and Paw Patrol toys too.
But, I thought if my kids had their own personalized Picture Game Pieces then they would never argue or get upset again. Right?! Plus, they love being “in” the game and playing with a mini version of themselves. These DIY game pieces are so easy to make, your kids are sure to like having their own too!
What’s Needed To Make Picture Game Pieces:
- Picture of Every Player
- White Card Stock
- Laminating Pouches
- Plastic Game Piece Stand
- Binder Clips
You can order extra game pieces from Amazon or use binder clips. (See the picture above.) The binder clips will hold the picture upright and in place but will cover part of it.
How To Make Picture Game Pieces:
To make individual player game pieces, take a picture of every player. If you want to create a white background, upload the pictures to Power Point. You can then adjust the size and remove the background.
To remove the background from a picture in PowerPoint:
- Click on the image that has background you want to remove.
- On the Format tab, click Remove Background.
- PowerPoint will automatically select the part of the image to be kept.
- Adjust the selection to cover the area of the image that you want to keep.
- On the Background Removal Tool tab, click Mark Areas to Remove and select any other area that you want to remove.
- When you’re finished, click Keep Changes.
If you are a visual person like me, try watching this tutorial video from Microsoft. If you are using a different program, search YouTube for other videos.
After removing the background, I created boxes around each picture. I also created a small box on the bottom of the pictures where it would be inserted in the game piece stand, but the boxes are optional. Next, print the pictures on white card stock and laminate it for extra durability. Finally, cut the pictures out and put each one in a plastic game piece stand or small binder clip.
If you don’t want to remove the background, you can simply upload the pictures to your computer and print them to about “wallet” size. (Every program varies so you may need to adjust the size) Then, follow the other steps listed above.
Pin It For Later!
No time to make this now? Pin this to your gameschooling or homeschooling board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!
I hope that your kids enjoy having their own personalized Picture Game Pieces as much as mine do!
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