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How to Make a Ladybird and Bumblebee Kids Game for Garden

School Holidays are a Fab time to make new Garden Games for the Kids to enjoy and we have a Step by Step Guide of How to Make a Ladybird and Bumblebee Noughts and Crosses Game

Children Back Garden games do not need to cost a fortune and they can actually provide your family with hours of crafting fun making them, just like this Easy to Make Ladybird and Bumblebee Noughts and Crosses Game.


What Need to Make this Ladybird and Bumblebee Kids Game for Garden

  • Large Pebbles, we used 18 different sized ones
  • Paint – Red, Black, White and Yellow, we just used normal emulsion paint, we found the tester pots from The Range were pretty cheap
  • Clear Varnish or Clear Sealer Spray
  • Pencil and Paint brushes
  • Large plank of wood, we used an old pine table top
  • Stump of a Tree Trunk
  • Blow torch (optional you can make it without this)


How to Make Ladybird and Bumblebee Kids Game for Garden

This Fun Ladybird and Bumblebee Noughts and Crosses Garden Game is a great easy make, to do with the kids that any ages can enjoy making this and it will provide hours of fun in the back garden on those days you are staying home to play for the day and here is a Step by Step Guide of How to Make it

  1. First off you need to make sure that all the pebbles are clean and dust free
  2. Depending on the age of your children, either they can use a pencil to draw on all the details of each insect or a grown up can do it for them, but it does make it heaps easier if you pencil and outline before you start to paint.LATEST NEWS Pencil Guides on the Ladybird and Bumblebee Pebbles
    For the Bumblebee’s you need to draw a guide for the eyes, mouth, wings and of course the stripes as a guide
    For the Ladybird’s you need to draw a guide for the eyes, mouth, the divide between the head and body and the dots on its back.
  3. Once you have your guides pencilled on your pebbles then you can easily paint in the colour for all the parts.LATEST NEWS Painting the Ladybird and Bumblebee Pebbles
  4. After you have coloured in all the guided parts, you can add in the eyebrows and cheeks on the Bumblebees and the eyebrows and nose dots on the Ladybirds.
  5. Remember the paint process should take a while as you want to do one colour say the yellow then let it completely dry before doing the next colour black. The order we did it was red and yellow bits first then black then white, this was because the black can hide any mistakes of the red and yellow and the white has to go last as it has to sit on top of the other colours rather than under them.LATEST NEWS Finished Painted Ladybird and Bumblebee Pebbles
  6. Quantity wise we painted 9 Bumblebee’s and 9 Ladybird’s and we made a point of using different size pebbles just so they weren’t all the same size as this is what we preferred, but its up to you if you want them all as close a like as possible.
  7. Once all of them are painted and completely dry lay them all out and paint a thin layer of clear varnish and let dry. Or if you want to save time use a clear sealer spray, both will do the same job in providing a waterproof layer so the paint doesn’t wash off in the rain, as after all this is a game that can be set up and left in the garden through all weathers.LATEST NEWS Varnishing the Ladybirds and Bumblebee Pebbles
  8. Now all that is left is to create is the table. We were lucky that local trees were being cut down and we asked to have one of the tree stumps before they were put in the chipper and we just cut it to the perfect height as the leg to the table.
  9. Then you need to cut your playing board. You can use whatever wood you can get your hands on ply or any other old wood you have, we used the top of an old pine table that was being thrown away. We cut it into a circle that fitted the tree trunk base and we screwed them together from the underside so you can’t see the screws on the top. Top Tip – Make sure you use screws that are not so long that you end up coming through to the top of the board game!LATEST NEWS Tree Trunk for Ladybird and Bumblebee Kids Garden Game
  10. Then we scored criss cross lines on the top of the board and used a blow torch to burn the wood, so you can see the lines you are playing around. If you don’t have a blow torch or something to burn the wood with, don’t worry as you can just use some of the black paint to paint the lines on.
  11. Last thing to do is to paint a layer of clear varnish or spray a layer of sealer varnish onto the top of the board game which will basically to stop the game board from getting severely affected by the weather and bending. You can’t stop it completely, but it will just give it a bit more longevityLATEST NEWS How to Make a Ladybird and Bumblebee Kids Game for Garden 2
  12. And there you have it Tah Dah…. Your very own Ladybird and Bumblebee Noughts and Crosses Game for the kids to play on in the garden. 

We have placed ours up the back of the garden half hidden into our big Hydrangea bushes, one cause it is out of the way of the running space in the garden but too as it just looks pretty up against the big flowers in the Summer.

LATEST NEWS Ladybird and Bumblebee Gardne Game by Bush


How to Play Your Ladybird and Bumblebee Noughts and Crosses Garden Game

One of the main reasons we made this game for the kids to enjoy in the garden is because it’s a classic family game that’s so easy to learn how to play that even the youngest members of the family will be able to give it a go.

  • The rules are very simple for this two player game, one person is the ladybirds and the other person is the bumblebee’s.
  • Each player takes it in turn to place one of their pebbles onto the empty squares of the game board
  • How a player wins is they manage to get three of their pebbles in a line either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

It may sound simple, but it can get quite strategic as the kids try and outwit each other!

Its worth noting that even though we went with an insect theme to our noughts and crosses game to match the garden, you and the kids can get as creative as you want as long you make two different designed pebbles.

If you do make this easy Ladybird and Bumblebee Kids Game for Garden, don’t forget to share and tag us in your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram as we would love to see them all.

Now we should say something like all you need is the good weather, but our kids have stood playing this in the rain lol!



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