Picture of Giant Four Across or Connect Four game

I made this game so that I could take it to our community park and for all the kids in the neighborhood to play with. (well, those not playing a game that is similar to Jenga ;-) ) It is very popular. The large size can even draw in sulky teenagers

It is not to difficult to make, now, that I have made all the mistakes, you don’t have to.


If you like this PLEASE vote for me. I really would like to win a camera so I can stop borrowing one to post instructables.

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Step 1: Materials and tools

Picture of Materials and tools






(2) 36” X 48” X 3/8” of plywood


(2) 8 ’X 2” X 3” pine


1 small knob optional


I piece of wood 1 ½” X ¼” X 48”


Scrap of wood 5” X 11”X  ¾”


! piece of wood ¾” X 1” X 48”


1 piece 36” X 1” X 1 ¾”


1 piece 36” X 1” X 1 ¾”


1 piece 34 7/8” X 1” X 1 ¾”


(6) 34 7/8” X 1” X ¾” boards


(1) 1” X 12” X 12’ boards (or a couple of 6” boards)




(2) 2” X 12” X 8”  (can be glued together)


Miscellaneous screws & glue










Table saw




Band saw




Hole saw




Scroll saw or wonder saw






I wish I had the tools required for the job! Interested in selling one to a gal in California?
artlife (author)  myeshadjones2 years ago
Where are you in California? maybe we can build one together. I am in CA, for the next couple of months.
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is fantastic!!!
artlife (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thank you very much.
anasdad2 years ago
Great job!
artlife (author)  anasdad2 years ago
Thank you.
eyewalk2 years ago
You Are a Genius! Please make more giant games!!!!
artlife (author)  eyewalk2 years ago
Thank you. I am going to make more games. But space is getting a bit tight here. I am planning some public projects (that way I don't have to store them ;-))
I'm with eyewalk, make them and give them to the community. It's a win-win! I'm thinking a big checkerboard, a big Chinese checkerboard, oh, oh, a big chutes and ladders. The ideas...!
artlife (author)  Eh Lie Us!2 years ago
I am going to make some checker tables for kids and senior and use the round cut out to make checkers.

I did a giant chutes and ladders a few years back, I am sorry I don't have photos.

I really want to make a near life size chess set. But I don't have the resources for that yet.
daffster132 years ago
Absolute genius, thanks for sharing. I was wondering what to build for my son, who has a 5th birthday coming up, and he loves classic games like this.
artlife (author)  daffster132 years ago
Thank You. Wow, this would be a great gift, you have a very lucky child.
Love love love it, totally :). Thank you so much for sharing.
artlife (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
HollyMann2 years ago
Wow! I initially thought - wow this is too big - until I read that you plan on bringing it to the park for the kids to play with!!! That is incredible!!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! :) Wonderful work here - good luck with the contest. You shouldn't need to borrow a camera to take your pics of your awesome instructables!
artlife (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
I think this would be a great family size. If you have the space,
The houses in this neighborhood are all 400 square feet or smaller. Not much room for games, if a family could afford them, which most can not.
YoItzSpike2 years ago
that's a great idea but I'd use frizbees as pieces
artlife (author)  YoItzSpike2 years ago
Thanks. Frizbees would be less work. But, I can only find full size Frizbees here and THAT would be a huge game.
I beat my mom in this game all the time! I need one of these :)
artlife (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
It is not nice to win against your Mom! At least that is what I wanted my kids to think. ;-) This is a game they usually won.
;) Yeah I used to beat my brother in law all the time too - really made me like th game! LOL