Giant garden games

in children, entertaining, family, gardening  1 comments
Nov 28 2014
Hannah playing giant chess with the grandfather

In my newly landscaped courtyard, I will have giant versions of board games.

Chess

I am a big fan of chess.

Not actually playing it, mind you. I can’t and–like knitting–I can’t be bothered learning. My 8 year old daughter loves playing it with her grandfather, though.

Hannah playing giant chess with the grandfather

Hannah playing giant chess with the grandfather

Hannah playing giant chess with the grandfather

Hannah playing giant chess with the grandfather

Hannah playing giant chess with the grandfather

Hannah playing giant chess with the grandfather

While I constantly seek a vintage, unique chess set, I’d love to get a giant chess set for the garden.

Medieval chess pieces by Neil Fyffe

Medieval chess pieces by Neil Fyffe

You cannot play at Chess if you are kind-hearted.
(French Proverb)

grass and tiles in chessboard, via Flickr

via Flickr

How I can achieve this

  • Pavers and dwarf mondo grass
  • Large chess pieces, available at Gardiner Chess

Giant checkers

Now Chinese checkers, I LOVE playing. I remember playing with my seating partner at school when I was 15, hiding the small set under our shared school table.

How I can achieve this

  • There are people chopping down large trees in the Blue Mountains; I’d love to get some pieces, borrow a man and his chainsaw and make 5 inch deep circle tablets, paint them alternate colours
  • Pavers
  • Cheap wooden floating deck boards, available at Deals Direct or Masters

Giant gammon

I don’t understand the game, but it sure looks awesome translated in a giant form!

Scrabble

Now, scrabble? I LOVE. Being a collector of words, this game really spurs me.

Giant scrabble!? MUST HAVE.

Giant scrabble via A Detailed house

Giant scrabble via A Detailed House

Instructions on how to make giant scrabble in the garden, via Instructables

Instructions on how to make giant scrabble in the garden, via Instructables

“He fashioned the board from pavers laid in a bed of sand-225 of them, to be exact… [she] painted the bonus square in the proper colors and made letter tiles from craft-store wood plaques. She took apart shelves and reconfigured the pieces to make tile racks, and pavers and tiles were sealed to prevent water damage.”

We have to try making this, husband. Big big big project?

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