Using Generic Game Boards in the Classroom

Candyland board

In a previous series, Games that Teach Language, I described several games whose game design make practicing language targets fun and beneficial.

Generic game boards are another way to use games during the school day.

You may know how to create your own game board, and that’s an admirable skill. But if you’re not a game design geek, others have done the work for you. These posts will look at ways generic game boards are used by teachers and therapists.

Candyland is inexpensive, readily available and familiar. This post discusses how it can be used to practice specific language structures, sentence building and even academic content.

Chutes and Ladders boardChutes & Ladders is another inexpensive, readily available game board. You can use the numbered spaces to represent language prompts or questions and accomplish your lesson’s objectives. 



The board game The Game of Life takes players through a path depicting a typical life: making choices, earning wages; accepting debts, etc. Little cars to drive around, mountains and bridges to cross. What’s not to love?




One clever educator, Dr. Jeff Ertzberger, Watson School of Education, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, has created dozens of FREE templates for teachers to use.

UNCW list

Stay tuned as I add newly-found multi-purpose game boards.

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