Making 3D board games

So you’ve got some great ideas for a board game, but have you thought about making the whole board three-dimensional?

Ru and I will be posting a whole load of experiments and ideas for you to try, including this one where we try to make a hoverfly game with steps up and down!


We started off with a rough idea of folding paper or card to make two sets of steps. We drew a few pictures to see what might work.

We thought the game could be based around the hoverfly buzzing around looking for flowers. Hoverflies are great pollinators of flowers so perhaps our game could be a race to see who could pollinate most flowers?

We found this picture that gave us some ideas about how to create steps using scissors and a ruler.

And then we had a few rough try-outs on some scrap paper!

We used thick card so we needed to use a sharp craft knife to cut through it. Always ask an adult to help you with sharp knives!

For the steps we scored (ran the blade of some scissors along the line but don’t cut right through, this helps you fold the card) lines that were equally spaced apart. You can see in the photo below how we folded one fold forwards and the next fold backwards to make the steps stick out.

We tried out a few other shapes of step too…

Then we started thinking about how our counters would move (or hop) up and down the steps! What would be on each step? Something good or bad to land on?

We also tried to work out how to measure and plan for different shape steps (steps that weren’t very high but very deep for example).

As we were drawing in some flowers on each step we came up with another idea; how about colour coding the flowers so that every flower you land on links to a task or a question card?

So when you land on an orange flower it means you get to move on two spaces, and if you land on a yellow flower you have to answer a question about hoverflies?

It definitely helps to use strong card so it doesn’t sag like some of our try-out steps, and get an adult to help cut it with a craft knife.

We think we have a lot more work to do on this one! Cutting out the steps is quite fiddly and it helps to work with someone else as it is easy to get confused!

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