Board Bounce—A DIY Game That Helps You Learn Basic Skills with a Hammer and Nails

Board Bounce DIY game by Family F.E.D.Learn basic construction skills to create this boredom-buster game with endless playing options.

Download a PDF of this activity’s “recipe” to add to your family activity binder.

What You’ll Need

  • 2" x 4" x 4' board cut into three 16" blocks
  • Small balls (I like these Ping-Pong balls)
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Sanding block
  • Rubber bands
  • Paint (optional)

How to Play

To prepare the game:

1. Cut a 2"x4"x4' board into three 16" sections.

2. Sand board.

Sand your boards

3. Paint, if desired.

Paint the boards for Board Bounce if desired.

4. Measure and mark on both long sides at 4.5", 8.5", 11.5", and 13.5".

Measure your board for nailing.

5. Add nails on marks.

Nail the board.

6. Place rubber bands around nails.

Add rubber bands around the nails on Family FED's DIY Board Bounce game

To play:

Try to bounce a ball across the board, landing in all three sections.

Bounce the ball across the Board Bounce game board by Family FED



1. Try to bounce balls and have them land in all sections.


2. Give sections point values and award points every time one is hit.


3. Try bouncing in various patterns within the sections.

Conversation Starter

Learning basic skills, like using a hammer and nails, can lead to additional opportunities (like playing a game). Are there any basic skills you'd like to learn? How can the skills you know help you bless your community in unexpected ways

Why This Activity Matters

Learning basic household skills, like using a hammer and nails, can be made more fun when you know there’s a prize at the end—a fun game that’s a perfect boredom buster!



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