Rayden Rank, left, and Javier Shafer, second from left, teach Javier’s family how to play their own brand of “Football.
Rayden Rank, left, and Javier Shafer, second from left, teach Javier’s family how to play their own brand of “Football.

Family game night got a new twist last week.

Kindergartners in Journey Charter School showcased board games they made in pairs during the school’s Gallery Walk.

Bright colors and hand-made game pieces abounded as kids taught grown-ups how to play games like “Don’t Let the Penguin Drive the Bus” and “Rocket Launch.”

But, of course, there was learning behind the fun.

Creating the games was intended to teach and reinforce basic math concepts.

Whether players had to count spaces by drawing cards or twirling a spinner, the student-led projects required the kindergartners to plan out objectives and set rules.

Some rules were practical, such as how a game might be won or how it might end in a tie.

Other rules called for some specific — and perhaps self-serving — guidelines, such as allowing the shortest player to go first.

In short, board games can be fun and educational.

See more photos in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.