Do you have a handful of old or unused board games around your home? It seems as though most households do! If you have a few that you aren’t sure what to do with, take a look at these 7 creative uses for old and unused board games. These tips are perfect for putting those old games, and their parts and pieces, to good use!
7 Creative Uses for Old Board Games
1. Sell them on Etsy.
You can make money off of your old board games on Etsy. Who knew? There are a few ways you can do this. If you have the entire game, it can fetch a few dollars to board game and toy collectors. If you only have parts and pieces, list them as they are. Many crafters are looking for game board pieces to turn into jewelry, charms, and more.
2. Make your own jewelry.
If you are crafty, turn the game board pieces and parts into jewelry yourself! There are many tutorials online, and most require just some minor gluing. Using Scrabble tiles, cards, and other pieces, you can make some super fun pieces! Earrings, necklaces, and bracelets are just a few dabs of glue away.
3. Donate them.
If you have complete games, donate them to a local women’s shelter or homeless center. They are sure to entertain and be a welcomed relief to those who use them. If you only have parts, donate them to a local school. They can use them for crafting or as math manipulatives. Teachers will find all sorts of ways to get creative with them.
4. Make your own place mats.
Take boards that you no longer use and cover them with Modge Podge. This will seal them and make them perfect for kids to use at place mats! They will love the colorful and fun prints!
5. Make an eye-spy sensory bin.
Fill a bin with rice and toss mismatched game pieces you own in. Let kids go on a hunt for the various pieces. Dice, game markers, and other small pieces will all be fun to dig for.
6. Make your own educational games.
You can always use the game pieces to create your own educational games. Spinners are always great for teaching children to take turns. Question cards can be used to teach reading skills. You can even use the various pieces to teach shape, weight, colors, or measurement. Get creative and see how you can use them to teach your children some essential skills.
7. Make whimsical jar toppers.
Hot glue game pieces to the lids of jars to make whimsical jar toppers. You can also glue them to the tops of wine corks to make fun wine bottle toppers. How fun is that? You can spray paint the lids when done for a uniform look or just leave them natural.
Did you ever think that old board games could have so many uses? Using old board games and their parts and pieces can be fun and frugal. Give these 7 ideas a try and see what you can come up with. You will never toss out those old board games again!