Lexicon 8

DICE, TEETOTUMS, AND SPINNERS

Since making accurate dice is extremely difficult, we suggest that you either buy a set of dice from a toy, hobby, or dime store or that you use a pair from another game you may already own.
A simple teetotum can be made to use in games that only use one die. Simply copy one of the patterns shown below and glue it onto a piece of posterboard. Cut it out and then punch a sharpened pencil stub through the center. Spin the teetotum with your fingers by twirl¬ing the eraser end of the pencil.

You may also make a simple spinner to be used in games that re¬quire only one die. Copy the patterns shown below and glue them onto lightweight cardboard. Cut out the spinner board and pointer. You can attach the pointer to the board with a paper fastener. A tack can also be used to attach the pointer to the spinner board if the board is mounted on a piece of thick cardboard or a piece of wood.

SUGGESTIONS FOR MAKING PLAYING PIECES

Throughout history, people have used all sorts of materials and objects as playing pieces for board games. Nearly all of the games in Play It Again will require at least two different colors of pieces. You may use such simple objects as pennies, nickels and dimes, buttons, or even seeds to play the games. Pennies and other coins may be painted dif¬ferent colors (spray paint works best) for different players.

You can also place the number of pennies required for each game on piece.; of white or black paper. Draw around them, and cut the cir¬cles out and glue them onto the pennies. Three-quarter-inch adhesive marker dots, which come in many different colors and may be purchased at most stationery stores, can also be applied to the pennies to make different-colored playing pieces.

Playing-piece patterns are included with each game.

All of the patterns are designed so that they can be copied and taped or glued onto a penny or piece of lightweight cardboard or posterboard. Special patterns are included for special pieces: “K” patterns for knights or kings; “Q” patterns for queens; and even horses for the Steeplechase game. Whenever more than two colors of playing pieces are needed, as in Pachisi or Halma, patterns are provided for a black and a white piece and an additional two white pieces that can be colored any color you want.