15-Minute Mother: DIY Board Games

DIY board game
Take 15 minutes ­– an achievable amount of time to fit into the cracks of a day – and fully engage in the shared pursuit of creating/building/making or doing something. Just one rule, switch off your phone. Afterwards the children will be satisfied and you’ll be able to get on with the necessities, minus the self-reproach.


DIY Board Games by Inka Starzinsky and Ruth Williams

How much: £19.95

This neat box set contains five popular board games for little ones to personalise with stickers, colouring pencils, even yarn. Each board takes less than 15 minutes to decorate, but the beauty is that, unlike so many arts and crafts ‘masterpieces’, the final product is sturdy enough to go on for years (or at least months). Created by designers, there’s a welcome nod to the aesthetic for style conscious parents, exhibited in the quirky graphic illustrations on the boards and the counters. The box says 4+. No arguments here.

Tried and tested: Little ones might not have the patience to see it through, so start with snakes and ladders so that they can play while you finish off the others.

Sarah Hall is a freelance writer and advertising copywriter. She has three children, two girls aged 6 and 2, and a boy aged 4. Her perfect winter Sunday is to apply as many layers as possible, and find a countryside hill to struggle up with the children in tow.

Do you have any tried and tested arts and crafts that take 15 minutes or less that you can recommend to our readers?