Did you know November is International Games Month? International Games Month is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.
Waterfall Arts will give out 150 free DIY Board Game kits in mid-November. Motivated to inspire other kids to get creative, members of the Bridge Afterschool Art Club for sixth graders are assembling the kits.
The project was inspired by a generous donation from a board member who was shuttering a math tutoring company and had a warehouse of materials to offload.
Matros explains, “lots of parents tell me their kids aren’t the artistic type. It’s really important they understand that creativity is at the heart of being a capable and successful person, especially for kids graduating into a job market transformed by artificial intelligence. Flexibility, out of the box thinking, and problem solving need strengthened through creative activities. We’re hoping a light bulb turns on for parents when they see their kids inventing crazy new games with these kits, and they realize their kids are creative!”
Kits can be picked up on the second floor of the Library, at Waterfall Arts, and The Game Loft store, beginning November 15.
Game designers are invited to the Boardgame Cafe the last Wednesday of November to show off their creations and get some players to try them out. The weekly event takes place from 6PM to 8PM at the United Farmers Market in Belfast and it typically $5 to enjoy the 100’s of games available. For the DIY Boardgame Makers’ night on November 29, those who bring their new game (and their families) get in free! Bridge art club members will have delicious treats for sale to cover the program’s costs.
For more information, to get multiple kits while supplies last, or to share your creative kid’s game, contact email@example.com