How to make a Snakes and Ladders board

Snakes and Ladders is a classic board game that is still popular with children and adults. For children, the game can be a fun way to learn numbers, counting and the basic fundamentals of taking turns while playing games. Another bonus of snakes and ladders is that all game players, children and adults, have the same chances of winning, so there is no strategy involved whatsoever. The winner is the first player to reach the "100" square on the board.

Cut a 60 cm square from the cardboard. Cut a 50 cm square from the card. Glue the two squares together and allow the glue to dry before proceeding.

Draw a 10 by 10 grid on to the centre of the poster board with a pencil and a ruler. Each grid space should be a 5 cm square.

Choose two coloured markers to alternate for the game board squares. Colour each square in alternating colours.

Number the game board squares from 1 to 100 with a black marker starting with one in the bottom left corner. The number 10 will be in the bottom right corner. The number 11 will be just above the 10. The number 91 will be in the upper right corner and the number 100 will be in the upper left corner.

Draw squiggly snakes on the card with a pencil. Use the board as a guide to determine how long the snakes should be. Make two snakes that are approximately six squares long. Make one snake that is nine squares long. Make three short snakes that cover two to three squares. Colour the snakes a bright colour and cut them out.

Draw ladder shapes on the card with a pencil. Make two ladders that are approximately six squares long. Make one ladder that is nine squares long. Make three short ladders that cover two to three squares. Cut out the ladder shapes.

Place the snakes and ladders at various places on the grid, which will be your game board.


When placing the snakes and ladders on the game board, two ladders or two snakes cannot start on the same square. A snake tail may be on the same square as a snake head, however.

The snakes and ladders can be changed around and placed at different spots for every game. They can even be placed horizontally for an added twist to the game. The snake heads must be placed on squares with numbers larger than the snake tails.

Things You'll Need

  • Large piece of flat cardboard
  • Plain card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Markers
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