Tabletop games are fun for kids and families to play together. Make this simple DiY game level counter to keep track of what level everyone is on or to remember how many rounds each player has won.
I received these two art books to review for a summer kids activities book roundup. That post is coming later this summer, but meanwhile, my daughter used these books for inspiration to create a fun and useful game level counter.
We play a lot of tabletop games like Munchkin and Love Letters. For Muchkin, you need to keep track of what level everyone is on and it can go up and down. For love letters, you need to remember who has won each round. Both of these games are a lot of fun and we’ve been using scrap paper to keep track of the scores.
How to make a game level counter
My daughter made this simple project, so I don’t have step-by-step photos. It’s pretty simple, though, especially if you are familiar with shrinking plastic, aka Shrinky Dinks.
First, she traced an empty glass to draw circles that were about 3 inches across onto a sheet of Shrinky Dink plastic. She made one for each person in our family, so 4 total. Then she drew each person’s initial on the plastic, embellishing them and adding color.
Next, she cut out the circles and baked them in the toaster oven according to the Shrinky Dink instructions – just a few minutes at 275 degrees.
When the cooked plastic cools, it becomes a hard token. For the board, she cut a rectangle of cardboard from an empty box and used a ruler to divide it into 10 sections.
That’s it! Super simple.
Art lettering books
The books she used for inspiration are “The Art of Drawing Dangles” by Olivia A. Kneibler and “Hand lettering A to Z” by Abbey Sy. Both of these books include tutorials for creating your own hand lettering style. The dangles book includes lots of fun ideas to add doodle embellishments to your letters, as well as borders and page dividers. The A to Z book has lots of fun techniques to create your own handwritten font style.
Here’s a peek inside.
More on the books in another post, but for now, it’s time to get creative and make your own game level counter pieces for your next family game night.