The Little Game Box

[17 Dec 2009 | By | 29 Comment(s) | 23,286 views ]

LittlegameboxtopHere’s a great little stocking stuffer you can make yourself. My 4 year old played a game similar to this* at grandma’s over Thanksgiving, and loved it, so I thought a pocket version would be a great little ‘handmade’ Christmas gift. I’ve included (almost) everything you need to make one for yourself as free downloads! Just grab the file, print, and add your own Altoids tin for a cute little gift that fits perfectly in a stocking! This freebie is a present for you, my readers, because if I didn’t have you, there wouldn’t be much point to this.

You can make 2 different games with this set, both a “Treasure Hunt” game like the one The Boy liked so much (explained below), and also a “Memory” game (your standard Concentration type card matching game).

The free download set includes 3 sheets of cards (60 cards in all — yup, 60 original Dot drawings! I think I’m insane.), instruction sheets, and labels perfectly sized for sticking on the top of an Altoids tin.

Little Game Box Download Set

Wanna see what you get? Click on a pic below to view larger or as a slideshow.

To play the Treasure Hunt game:
Lay squares out in a 5×5 or 6×6 grid–or whatever size you want. One player hides a dime or other small marker under one of the squares. Remaining players try to guess which square by asking questions, and all squares not matching the answer are removed from the grid. (Example: “Does it fly?” If the answer is No, then all flying things are removed from the grid. If Yes, then all things that DON’T fly are removed.) Players take turns until the marker is found. Winner gets to hide the marker for the next round.

*I have no idea of the name, but it was more complex than this… this is a simplified version suitable for small ones.

Enjoy!

PS… I did spend WAY too much time doing this, so if you like it, I’d love a blog link, a tweet, a stumbled or a facebook or whatever to this post, to share the love :)

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  • Vone [] :

    Great idea – love it and thanks so much.

    Merry Christmas.

  • ArtvsCraft [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    Check out the cool board game you can download from @DotatDabbled The Little Game Box http://bit.ly/7AJ3rC Perfect before the holidays! :-)

  • Heather Sitarzewski [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    So cute! txs Nancy! RT @DotatDabbled: The Little Game Box: A great little stocking stuffer you can make yourself. http://bit.ly/7AJ3rC

  • Vone How2dosomething [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    @DotatDabbled RE:New @ Dabbled: The Little Game Box: http://bit.ly/7AJ3rC
    Thanks so much – it's very cute. Downloaded it already.

  • Joni [] :

    Thank you sooooo much for this! I WILL be using this for a couple of little ones for sure! AND I’m posting this to my facebook! Thanks for the generousness!!!

  • Silvia [] :

    Wow!! Thank you very much!!!! I’m sure you’ve spent quite a long time making int!! Thanks!!!

  • Jodie [] :

    Very Cute! Adding this to my list!
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  • Heather Sitarzewski [] :

    Thank you SO MUCH for this little freebie Nancy! I made one for a present and all the other kids who saw it wanted one too! I sent all the parents the link so they can all make one too! So darn cute!

    I made a patterned page using the same blue on your cards to print on the backside, even though I printed on cardstock you could still see through a bit, now there can be no cheating =) I also laminated the cards before cutting them out since the game was being given to a 3 year old I thought that would help it last a little longer!

    Your illustrations are adorable and the time and effort you out in is very appreciated! Thanks for helping me with a handmade Christmas!

    You rock!

  • Dot [] (author) :

    so glad to hear, and great ideas! Did you take any pics of your finished box?

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  • Carissa Rogers [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    @peachoutofwater I also REALLY adore Dot: http://dabbled.org/2009/12/the-little-game-box.html @dotatdabbled

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    Thank You so much for sharing this. What an Awesome idea, so cute. Can’t wait to make this up for my granddaughters.

  • Dot [] (author) :

    great to hear!

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    So cute and clever! I’m a teacher and a mom… I was looking for a cute Thank you card for my class. I somehow found your website. Whoo hoo… I am clicking away for ALL my kids. Thank you … better run out and buy another printer cartridge :)

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