Stick Man by Julia Donaldson - It's one of those books that we love but yet somehow don't own our own copy, so we keep borrowing it from the library over and over. One morning we read it, and while Poppy was in school, I made a cheapy Stick Man game to surprise her.
This is so good because it can be modified to any book your child is currently interested in, it's cheap and easy to make, and easy to store. Well, it's so cheap and easy to make that you probably wouldn't mind chucking it after a couple of rounds.
How to make it:
I stuck the cardboard of 2 sets of drawing block together, and applied paint on the cap of a glue stick for the circles, then drew in the rest. The stickmen were made with coloured paper and stuck on Lego blocks (they stand very well!)
How to play it:All the stickmen start at their homes of corresponding colours. With the help of a dice, they move on their respective coloured steps (so greenman does not tread on yelloman's turf, for example).
But wait, black spots? Yeah, those are the danger spots. Those signify the danger moments in the book, like when he meets the dog that wants to play fetch, or the girl that wants to throw him into the river, or the boy who wants to use him as an arm for his snowman. When you land on a black spot, you go back 2 spaces.
The one that reaches the family tree first wins :) The game can end pretty quickly so in order to make it last longer, we have to get the exact number of steps to reach the tree, i.e. if you roll a 6 on the dice and only need 2 steps, then you have to back track 4 :P