The game of Pente is a fun two player game and what’s great is that you can make your own Pente game using stuff that you already have in your house! This is a great craft and game to keep you busy during this quarantine time.
First, if you’re not familiar with Pente, check out our Pente review with the rules of how to play.
Now for the craft part
Things you will need:
Paper measuring 11×11″ (the inside of a frozen pizza box works great), ruler, marker, pencil, about 40 1/2″ items that stay still in two different colours (beans, pasta, craft beads, rocks).
How to Make the Board
Step One: Measure a 1″ border around all the sides of the paper.
Step Two: Starting from the 1″ boarder, measure and mark with the pencil every 1/2″. Move up about 3″ and repeat the markings. Do this twice more–ensuring that your lines will be straight.
Step Three: Turn the board and repeat step 2.
Step Four: Using the marker, line up the pencil marks to draw the grid lines. Do this for both vertical and horizontal lines.
Step Five: Mark the center of the grid with a small dot. This is the starting lace for the game.
Now if you have markers, you’re ready to start using your Homemade Pente board. If you need makers, keep reading to see how I turned pipe cleaners into easy markers.
For the playing pieces, I made some using pipe cleaners or chenille sticks, as they are now often called. For this part of the craft, you need 4 chenille sticks in two different colours for a total of 8 sticks, scissors or wire cutters, and a ruler.
Step one: Using the ruler, cut the sticks into 1″ pieces.
Step two: Tightly curl the 1″ pieces into circles using your fingers.
If you create your own markers with pipe cleaners or find some other markers in your house, you can now add your homemade Pente board game to your Family Game Shelf and play for hours.