Board Game Ninjas! - VTT

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Day 8 - April 6th!

Today is the very last class of Board Game Ninjas with VTT! Time really has flown by quickly!

What we did: Today, we discussed the different platforms to market new ideas and projects such as Kickstarter and The Game Crafter. The students presented the board games that they created throughout the weeks and they all look so unique and interesting! 

Thank you so much and we hope to see you soon!


Day 7 - March 16th!

What we did: Today, we discussed the significance of game re-test and how it helps us improve our games. We also looked into cover page designs and how important packaging is for our board games. The students had a chance to re-test their games and create a cover page on Canva. 

What we will do: Next week, we will be looking into business plans, product pages, and as well as the marketplace. See you then!


Day 6 - March 9th!

What we did: Today, we talked about the significance of game testing. We looked at the three types of testing: guided test, extreme test, and blind test, with a focus on the guided test. For the testing, we highlighted three important parts of the board game: the game components, the rules and guides, and the board. The students had the chance to perform their first game test on Canva.

What we will do: Next week, we will be looking into the final test runs, improvements, and cover designs.


Day 5 - March 2nd!

Wow, we are already into the month of March!

What we did: Today, we talked about rule design for the board games and we also created our own instructions. We looked at some sample instructions from past projects and we noted the importance of the maker page, the rules page, and the guides page. The students also had the chance to create their instructions page on Canva. 

What we will do: Next week, we will be learning about test runs and making improvements to the board games.


Day 4 - February 23rd!

What we did: Today, we talked about game pieces and player pieces, for example dice, spinners, cards, timers, and game currency. We looked at the different types of dice such as online dice, origami dice, and dice of different shapes. Finally, we had a chance to design our game pieces using Canva. We also learned how to create links to our online dice! 

What we will do: Next week, we will be designing the logic and rules of the game.


Day 3 - February 9th!

What we did: Today, we talked about design theory and what to include when creating the board game layouts. We looked at the different shapes, colors, and pathways that make up a board game, and as well as some great examples. Finally, we had a chance to design our own layouts using Canva. The students had a lot of fun!

What we will do: Next week, we will be designing game pieces.


Day 2 - February 2nd!

Happy Groundhog Day! 

What we did: Today, we talked about what blueprints are and we got to see the different types of sample blueprints that can help us create our own! We also learned the important things that are to be included on the blueprints, such as the name of the game, the number of players, the age group, and how to play the game. The students had a chance to spend some time on creating their blueprints and we concluded the class with some fantastic presentations.

What we will do: Next class, we will work on something called design theory and as well as board designs. 

Looking forward to see you next week!


Day 1 - January 26th!

What a class! Thank you, Tamsin for helping out! And thank you to all the 4 A, B and C students for warmly welcoming us!

What we did: Today, we have a fantatic introduction and meet your groups. We discussed all about Board Games and how they play an amazing role in our lives. We discussed the history of board games as well as the modern board games. We compared their differences to understand the evolution of card and board games. We also discussed our own board games and shared our tips on making an awesome one. Last, we discussed the possibilities for a future for board games where we can take it to the whole world through various means.

What we will do: Next class, we will work on something called a blueprint. It's going to be the very basic breakdown and plan of what our board game projects will look like.

 Again, thank you for this amazing class! See everyone next week!



Explorer Hop is an innovative financial literacy and entrepreneurship program based in Toronto, Canada.  Over the last year, more than 3500 students from over 14 countries have been in our programs.  

We are delighted to bring our Board Game Ninjas program to VTT  this Winter season. Our Board Game Ninjas Program is designed as an applied math and art program taught in a collaborative fun way.

Please bookmark this page as we will share information here. 

Our STEAM program teaches kids how to apply their skills in math, logic, and art to create their very own board game in a stress-free learning environment. Over the course of the next 8 weeks, they will build their board game or card game - from conception, strategy and logic development, to design and finally to sale.  Yes, we even throw in a bit of entrepreneurship at the end by encouraging kids to sell digital copies of their games to raise funds for a cause. 

Working in teams, our students learn through group activities and interactive gameplay sessions that build their natural curiosity.   They learn game theory and the big role it plays in making a successful game and how math has real fun applications.  They also learn how to effectively test their prototypes and tweak the complexity by adding more logic or strategy to it. And finally, they learn to effectively pitch their board game while designing a campaign to sell their digital creations.

When it comes to creating their own board game, the sky's the limit! By the end of the program, your child will:

  • Create a fun board or card game that is uniquely theirs  
  • Use practical creativity to make rules for their game
  • Apply useful skills they’ve learned about math, logic, and art while making their game.
  • Learn to market and sell their board game as an entrepreneur

Move over Monopoly - our VTT Grade 4s are about to create the next hottest game! 


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