Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Paper Craft for a Saint Patrick's Day Game: Pot of Gold Game Board

Yesterday I made the cube you use to roll for this board game:

Paper Craft for a Saint Patrick's Day Game: Pot of Gold Cube

Today here is the game board.

We'll start on the square of the Book of Kells because books are often the beginning of wondrous journeys.

We'll end on the pot of gold since it is the treasure at the end of the rainbow.

So draw the book in the first square, and make a curvy path of empty squares all the way to the end. In the very last square, draw a pot of gold. (Directions for drawing the pictures are in yesterday's post.)

Begin with the Book of Kells and End with the Pot of Gold

Next draw in the rainbows. These will allow you to skip ahead in the game by sliding over the rainbow.

Rainbows Added

 Now draw a leprechaun in the square after the Book of Kells.

Leprechaun in the Second Square

In the next square, draw a four-leaf-clover.


In the square after the four-leaf-clover, draw a shamrock.

As you can see, I already have a rainbow after the four-leaf-clover, so I'll go on to the next space and draw the shamrock there.
It's okay if your is different.


After the shamrock is the leprechaun again. Continue filling in the squares with pictures from the cube in this order:

  1. Leprechaun
  2. Four-Leaf-Clover
  3. Shamrock
Skip the squares with the rainbows as you go.

Squares Finished on Game Board

Other Features on the Board

  • Highlight the last three squares with a yellow pen. These are the only squares a player can win the game by rolling a pot of gold. Otherwise when a player rolls a pot of gold, he/she gets another roll.

Last Three Squares Highlighted

  • Draw a Book of Kells on the board anywhere there is a clear spot.

Book of Kells Drawn on the Board

  • This picture is for a small stack of cards cut out of green construction paper.

Small Stack of Cards

  • On each of these cards, write a number: 1, 2, or 3.

One Number on Each Card

  • So if a player rolls the Book of Kells, she/he picks a card and moves ahead the number of squares on the card, then puts the card at the bottom of the pile.

Gold Coins

  • Cut out about ten circles from yellow paper for gold coins players collect to get to the pot of gold.

Completed Game Board all Set Up to Play

Pot 'O Gold Game Instructions

  • Each player chooses a place marker--you can use a nickel, dime, penny, and a quarter
  • Start on the Book of Kells
  • First Player to get three gold coins or more, and roll the pot of gold after reaching the highlighted squares wins.
  • Youngest player goes first or whoever rolls the Book of Kells first
  • Roll the cube by hitting it up into the air at least three times before letting it fall to the ground. The picture facing up is your roll.

Playing the Game

  • Move forward to the closest spot of your roll--if you roll a shamrock, then you move to the nearest shamrock square ahead of your piece.
  • Rainbows--If you roll a rainbow, move ahead to the nearest one, then slide over the rainbow to a square even further ahead.
  • Book of Kells--If you roll the Book of Kells, draw a card and move forward the number of spaces indicated. If that lands you on a rainbow, slide on up. 
  • Leprechauns--If you roll a leprechaun, you move backward to the nearest leprechaun instead of forward.
  • Leprechauns in the last three highlighted squares--If  you are in the highlighted squares and roll a leprechaun, move to the one in the highlighted area even if you move forward. Then stay there until you roll the pot of gold.
  • Pot of Gold--If you roll a pot of gold before your reach the highlighted squares at the end, take a gold coin, but do not move ahead. You must collect at least three gold coins before entering the highlighted area. You may not move to the end pot of gold until you have entered the highlighted squares.
  • Winning the Game--After you have collected at least 3 gold coins, you may enter the area of highlighted squares. Then you must roll the pot of gold to move to the end and win the game.

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