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One thing I love to do with cardboard is figure out how to upcycle it and make it into an educational tool for my kiddos. I’ve done it a few times in the past and it always has great success. Since my kids are getting older, I decided to make them a board game. Teaching them to take turns is important and since I picked up 3 boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats Cereals from Walmart, I had plenty of cardboard building material. I grabbed the classic Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds and Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted flavors. They also have a new Honey Bunches of Oats Gluten Free Chocolate which I was super excited to see. If Honey Bunches of Oats aren’t your thing, Walmart as a new Kung Fu Panda Po Powder Crunch available too! Lately, my kids have been fascinated by things being “heavy” so I decided to make a game that can help illustrate the weight of different things.
The first step is to gather your supplies. For the game board, I used 1 complete box and to make the seesaw balance, I used part of another box. I also used 10 pennies, 1 die, and 4 little animals to act as the game pieces. Every player also needs 1/2 a cup of cereal to measure against the pennies.
To make the game board, I cut off the side edges of the box so I had 1 smooth rectangle. Then I created a “start” and a “finish” box and traced out a path for the game pieces. Since my kids are 5 and 3, I kept it simple but you can get as intricate as you want! Pick spots at random and write in a number 1-10. When a player lands on one of those spaces, they will have to measure out enough cereal on the seesaw to outweigh the number of pennies listed on the spot.
To make the seesaw, I cut out a rectangle from another box. After I measured the center of the rectangle, I taped a cardboard roll underneath. You need to make sure your roll is at the center so you can balance your seesaw.
As you traverse the board, each player must outweigh the pennies or they have to forfeit 1 tablespoon of their cereal. If they successfully outweigh the pennies, they get to take a tablespoon more of cereal. The player at the end who has the most cereal is the winner. Be sure to watch your tiny players because if they’re anything like my daughter, they’ll be sneaking snacks of their cereal during the game play.
What Weighs More Game
- 2 empty cereal boxes, 1 to make the game board and 1 to make the seesaw
- 1 cardboard roll
- at least 1 cup of Honey Bunches of Oats per player plus more for winning a weight challenge
- 1 die
- game pieces
- 10 pennies
- Create your game board using 1 of your cereal boxes. Make a path and write the numbers 1-10 on random spaces
- Cut a thin rectangle out of the second cereal box, measure the exact center of the rectangle and tape the cardboard roll to create your seesaw
- Player 1 starts the game by rolling the die and moving the number of spaces. If they land on a space with a number on it, they must use their cereal to outweigh the number of pennies on the seesaw
- If the player successfully outweighs the pennies, they get 1 tablespoon of additional cereal. If they cannot outweigh it, the must forfeit 1 tablespoon of cereal
- The game ends when all the players reach the finish line. The winner is the player with the most cereal at the end of the game
This game didn’t take very long to make but it kept my kids entertained all afternoon. They even played nicely so I could cook dinner which is always a win. Right now, using the Ibotta app, you can earn 50 cents on any Post product at Walmart so you can go create your own game today!