Simple Chess & Checkers




About: Hello, i'm 20 years old and nowadays i am a didactic laboratory technician on a Fab Lab, here in Brazil. I love to do things and projects with simples materials and tolls.

Nowadays kids and teenagers usually play with videogames, computers and some another toy that needs internet but and when we don’t have electricity, what are they going to play with? So, with this instructable I will show you how to create two classics table games:chess and checkers and the better thing, using just simple materials.

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Step 1: Supplies and Tools

To create these games, you will need:


  • 1 Cardboard with 17x17cm;
  • 1 Cardboard with 6x17cm;
  • 1 File of "chess pieces".


  • 1 Scissor;
  • 1 Ruler;
  • 1 Pen.

Step 2: Creating the Board

Let's start to build our board. For this, catch your cardboard 17x17cm and with a ruler and a pen create a border with 0,5cm.

After that, using a ruler, draw 8 (eight) squares per line and each columns will have 8 (eight) squares too.

Obs. Each squares have 2cm each side. Take a look in the picture to help you.

Step 3: It's Time to Paint

Now using the pen, you can choose the color you want: blue, green or black but, remember, you need to paint squares in alternate, see the image above to guide you.

Step 4: Creating Your Pieces

You can do this step in two ways.

  1. Cut out 32 circles with the same size the piece in cardborad 6x17cm or
  2. Paste the pieces in your cardboard 6x17cm and cut out then with a scissor.

Remember: One team, black or white needs to be paste in top of cardboard and the other team must be paste in back.

Step 5: Finished!

Congrats, your new game was created. Just play and have fun!

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    8 Discussions


    8 weeks ago

    Nice work. Love how compact it is :)

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    Reply 8 weeks ago

    Thanks attosa for your opinion ;) Its very easy to take this cardboard game for everyplace.


    8 weeks ago

    Great idea! Easy to do, and you can practice two different games with the same pieces. Congrats

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    Reply 8 weeks ago

    Thank you so much mitava99 :) Was a good ideia to do people have fun!


    Reply 8 weeks ago

    Thanks jessyratfink :) I really aprecciate you comment and is a good idea to create and play in a travel this game.