Activity: Giant Snakes and Ladders Game!

Make your own Snake and Ladder for a great family game night. Here are some easy steps to make your fun game with your family.

What you will need:

  • 10 x 10 feet cloth. Cotton works best
  • Paints
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Measure Tape
  • Scale/ ruler
  • Liquid Glitter Tubes (optional)

The first step, is to measure out the boxes and draw the base of the board with a pencil. You can start by drawing the outermost black outline. It has to be 10 x 10 ft. Next, make 9 markings on each side, 1 foot apart. This makes ten boxes on each side individually. Join each marking with the marking exactly opposite it. This will form a grid of 100 squares on your cloth.

Write out the numbers in each box. What’s important is that the numbers are more or less the same size. And the order of the numbers is correct. The correct order is like an “S”. You start with 1,2,3 from the left and move rightwards. Then start from 11,12,13 from the right and move leftwards. The number 100 is in the topmost left square.

With the squares in place, you can now start drawing the snakes and ladders. Here, you can get as creative as you would like. You can change the length and movement of the snakes. Change directions and the number of spaces covered for the ladders. It is recommended to keep the design simple and not making horizontal figures, as they disrupt gameplay. Make sure the mouths of the snakes and the top/bottom of the ladders are not on the same square.

At this stage, the board is drawn up and you can get started on the painting. You can choose to paint the entire board (lines first, numbers second, snakes & ladders third) or

  1. Paint the numbers and the snakes. Use bright colors, which wouldn’t spoil badly when stepped over.
  2. Stretch black satin ribbon and paste it the grid. This has to be done after the snakes have been painted. Because, you can’t paint neatly over satin ribbon.
  3. Lastly, stick red satin ribbon on the ladders.
  4. To give more finish to the snakes, you can use liquid glitter to add a thin border. You can also paint black outlines in step 1, if you prefer that.

Source: The Craftables.

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