Have you been playing board games whilst in lockdown? Have you dusted off those classic time busters like Monopoly and Scrabble from the back of the cupboard perhaps? Well, did you know that play is proven to enhance the level of joy in peoples' lives? You could even make your own version of a classic for future generations to enjoy and that is exactly what this challenge is all about!
Most people don’t realize board games are actually pre-historic, societies had them before written language. Has this got you thinking? What was the very first game? It was dice; a piece that’s essential in most board games today. Board games were primarily played by adults in ancient cultures but were quickly adopted by children and are now enjoyed across family generations. Although not technically a board game, one of the first games centered towards kids was Hop-Scotch. That’s right, it’s much older than you thought!
When you think of classic board games one that never fails to come up is Cluedo. A game born out of boredom during WWII by Anthony Pratt. Pratt was a professional musician who longed for the fun of English country-estate murder-mystery parties which he had been immersed in as he played at aristacratic social events, where guests would skulk the hallways, shriek and fall ‘dead’ on the floor. Wardown House would have been the perfect location for such an occassion, and thus we thought what better lockdown challenge than to recreate this timeless classic as a Wardown edition.
- Download our PDF floor plan of Wardown House as a template and our printable score cards below to cut out. You don't have to if you want to make your own board!
- Research and create your character cards for your game
- Choose the rooms from Wardown House you are going to include
- Choose the weapons - these must be an item from our collections either at Wardown or our sister museum Stockwood Discovery Centre
- Get making!
WHY GET INVOLVED?
A great activity during lockdown that you can share with friends and family once we can see each other again
A challenge that you will get out as much as you put in
Inspire others to turn off their screens and engage in creative activities
Learn about the history of Wardown Museum and our collections as you create your characters, the rooms and weapons
Organise a board game afternoon here at Wardown after lockdown and show off your creation.
See if the museum makers team can beat you at your own game!
Just for fun
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Step 1: Sign into your Museum Maker account or sign up here
Step 2: Accept the challenge so we know youre supporting us
Step 3: Pick up a pen or pencil and let your creative words flow, inspired by your thoughts of home and your house
Step 4: Send us a picture of your completed game or share it with us on social media. We can't wait to see who you choose!
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