I wanted to come up with a little game that I could include in each of my boys' stockings this year. Something that they could use on their own, or play together. I finally decided on the game "Shut the Box".
I cut a scrap piece of oak from our kitchen renovation into little "tiles" using a chop saw. Then I sanded down the edges one by one. I used a wood burning tool (one I had not picked up since childhood) to burn the markings into the tiles. This took a lot longer than I thought...I think maybe my tool is too old. I was quite pleased with how this turned out for my older child (12) but I didn't like it for the younger (9) so I sanded down some more tiles and used a marker to add the numbers to his.
I think he will like this one much better. If I were to do this again, I think I would paint the numbers on instead. The nice thing is I still have time to do another set if I decide to.
Each set has enough tiles to play a regular game with nine tiles, a game with twelve tiles, and another set of nine for "Double Shut the Box." I made a small pouch using some leftover brown faux suede.
This is how it will be packaged up. The tag is a slice from a fallen branch with the initials drawn on. I will probably actually redo the tag with a nice fancy letter painted on. I am hoping to do tags like this for all of the gifts this year. I still have to print up a set of instructions, but as they are readily available on the internet, that shouldn't be too complicated. Then I can add variations more suited to each child.