Has your child ever created their own game and got others to test it out? Something like a role playing game that they designed? Or a card game where they designed the rules? Creating a game and seeing other people play it is a great way for kids to build their critical analysis skills.
Looking at others find flaws helps kids understand the mistakes that they made in designing the games and how to correct them. A great DIY activity for this purpose it to create a marble maze using cardboard:
In order to create the maze, the following items will be needed:
To create the maze, take the cardboard and stick on the Popsicle sticks with the help of a glue gun. Also, make sure to create the walls of the board so that the marble does not run away so easily! Then, cut the holes for the marble using the scissors. For younger kids, you can tell them to make the outline for the holes using a coin, but for elder kids you can ask them to make holes of different sizes as per their liking.
Even though the building process is quite simple, but should be done under supervision as kids can burn their hands if proper care is not taken. Once the board is completed, ask the child to color the board according to their liking in order to add a personal touch!
Once the maze is done, get others to test out the maze and try to complete the challenge. Ask your child to observe their reaction and tell you what improvements can be made. They can then work on improving the board accordingly. Mostly, the kids may have built a very tough maze and they may need to change the size and number of holes in order to get the game rebuilt to their own liking.