31 days of unplugged play: games with paper and pencil

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today’s unplugged play idea is a good one for the bigger kids:  we’re going to play games with paper and pencils.

Supplies and materials

  • paper
  • pencils

At our house we play The Box Game on a pretty regular basis.  I’m not sure of the “official” rules of this game, but I’ll tell you the way that we play:

  1. First draw a grid of dots.
  2. Then draw a special symbol inside some of the dots (we added about 4 or 5 hearts to ours).
  3. Each player then takes turns drawing one line to connect the dots.
  4. The object is to complete a four-sided square.
  5. Once you draw the line that fills in a square, add your initial, earn a point.
  6. If you fill a square with a special symbol, that is worth two points.
  7. After the grid is completely filled in, add up the initials, remembering to give two points for the special squares.

Other games for pencil and paper

  • tic tac toe
  • hangman
  • word searches
  • crossword puzzles

Looking ahead

Tomorrow we’ll need some craft sticks or popsicle sticks and bits of felt, construction paper, or craft foam.

Just joining us? Find 31 Days of Unplugged Play here.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. Paper and pencil games are fun for us too. One game we like to play is a drawing game that promotes teamwork. The first person draws an object on a blank piece of paper and hands it to the next person. That person draws another object and hands it on until it circles back around. The goal is to draw a scene that incorporates all of the items. The results can be very creative!
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  3. My boys are obsessed w hangman but have played this when we need a break from hangman lol. U can cheat and print out the dot sheets 😉

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