Things In Our House Board Game

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Things in Our House Board Game (a book-based activity with free printable!)Toby loves reading. And Dr. Seuss books are no exception. So in honor of Read Across America day, we put together a board game based on the Dr. Seuss classic, “In a People House” (#afflink).  And, to help you join in the fun, I’ve created a free printable board game template for you to print out and design your own custom board game too!

We actually made our board game on a piece of cardboard from a cereal box, but you could print the printable out on cardstock or something nicer if you wanted.  Or, just print it out on plain paper and glue it to a piece of cardboard from your recycle bin.  Whatever works.

Personalize Your Game

Once you have the board game layout ready, it’s time to have some fun!  Toby and I filled in the squares with things you’d find in our house (many of which were also in the text of “In a People House” #afflink too).

Some of my toddler’s favorite things?

  • popcorn
  • buttons
  • ball
  • teapot
  • piano

You might notice that the printable doesn’t look exactly like the board game we designed — and you’re correct.  I did refine a couple things and rename it since you’ll probably want to add things to the board game that are in your house (and might not be in the book).  If your child is learning to read, you can write the words for the objects in the squares too.

Older kids will be able to fill in the squares with their own drawings, but you may want to help younger children.  This game was the perfect length for my toddler, and a great introduction to the world of board games!

Other things you’ll need:

  • dice (1 or 2, depending on how high you want to count and how well your kids share)
  • multi-colored buttons or other play markers

You don’t have to fill in every square with objects from your house; we left about a third of them blank and just colored those spaces a solid color.

Game Rules

Once you have decorated your game, it’s time to play! Here are the rules we used, but feel free to adapt and change things to fit your own game play needs.

  • Youngest player goes first (or whoever lost, if playing a second time).
  • If you land on a space with “thing” from your house, you talk about that object (the sound it makes, how to spell it, etc, depending on the age of your child).
  • Optional for quicker game: If you land on a solid colored space, you can roll again.
  • Whoever gets to the house first wins!

I’d love to hear your variations on game play if you end up changing the rules; it’s always fun to see how other people adapt things!
And because I can’t help but share some pictures of how our board game turned out (the rough draft, beta version, or what have you)… here you go! I’ll admit that I had lots of fun coloring in the squares and drawing the pictures for each of the items Toby chose. Feel free to make your board design simpler. Or, you could identify the items using words to help a beginning reader… ooh, the possibilities are endless!

Click on any image below to enter gallery view mode.

Make Your Own!

Ok, I bet you’re dying to get started.  Here’s the printable.  I’ve made PDF and JPG versions — use the links below to download and print out your very own board.  And, in case you don’t already have a copy of the book, here’s a link to “In a People House” on Amazon (#afflink).

Things in Our House Game (Free Printable)

Download Things in Our House Board Game Printable PDF / JPG

Make sure to report back with how your board game turned out, either here in the comments section or via social media.  I’d love to hear from you!

Read Across America – Read & Play Blog Hop

This post is part of a read and play blog hop.  If you want more Dr. Seuss book-based activities, make sure to check out the links below!  Book titles are linked to Amazon (#afflinks) for your convenience!


12 Responses

  1. Tammy Barclay

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! How incredibly creative! I can’t wait to do this with my children. They’re going to love it!

  2. Catherine

    We love making our own board games. Thank you so much for the free printable 🙂

  3. Betsy Finn

    Let me know how your version turns out, Tammy!

  4. Betsy Finn

    You’re welcome, Catherine! Hope your family has fun with it 🙂

  5. Gale

    What a cute idea! There are these free printable “cubes” on teachers pay teachers where you can make your own large “dice.” I think it would be fun to put activities (run and tag it, spell it, talk about it, your choice, etc.) on the dice and have kids roll it when they land on something to show what they have to do. You could have different dice for different childen (like an older child might have “spell it” on it but a younger child might have “what letter does this start with” or “clap the syllables” and you could do a picture of what they had to do in stead of writing it (stick figure running, stick figure talking, stick figure talking with an “A, B, C” speach bubble, etc.).

  6. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    I bet creating the game together was as much fun as playing. I love Dr. Suess, everyone does no matter the age. Great idea. “Oh the places we’ll go…”

  7. Rachel

    So cute. I wish I was more crafty. This will be a fun activity with my boys, they are more artistic then me. Thanks for sharing on #smallvictoriessunday link up.

  8. Betsy Finn

    Thanks! Let me know how they enjoy it 🙂

  9. Betsy Finn

    Yes, we had a lot of fun! My toddler was excited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (“the guy who writes the funny books”)

  10. Betsy Finn

    That is a neat idea, Gale! Perfect for kids who aren’t to the point of counting yet. Reminds me of the Move and Groove game we tried out a while back (also a big hit). Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Amy @ItsAMindfulLife

    This is such a cute game idea! Love how you made it so each family could personalize.

  12. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Amy!

    (ooh, just thought about making this into a laminated game so you could change the spaces each time for even more fun… )