- Step 1: Choose a pattern and print it
Choose a game board to make. Download and print the pattern. The
game board is offered in two configurations, with and without
diagonals, that are played with slightly different rules. You might
make one of each to see how the different rules alter the game.
Choose a design that prints in color or select a
black&white pattern and use your creativity to add color and
Easy Game Board: These patterns can be used
to make a simple print, cut and play game board. Just follow the
instructions in the English Board Solitaire
Fox and Geese Board
Alternate Tiled Board
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Color (optional)
Color the game board with any colors you like. Pick two or more
contrasting colors using a different color for the center space where
the fox piece starts.
Tip: If you printed a colored version of the board, you can still add a personal touch
by decorating the border around it.
- Step 3: Cut
Trim the printed pattern to a square shape with equal borders on all sides of the game board.
Cut a piece of iron-on adhesive the same size or a bit larger. If
needed, cut the felt to 9" by 12".
Tip: Choose a color of felt that complements the
game board colors. Dark colors usually work best. The ribbon should
coordinate with the felt's color.
- Step 4: Make Pocket
On one of the short sides of the felt, fold over 1½" and
press the crease with your fingers. Cut two short lengths of hemming
tape and apply between the two layers of felt on both sides. Press
with your fingers to ensure a good hold. This makes a pocket
for your game pieces.
Tip: Make a sharper crease in the felt by
ironing the fold. Use the synthetic or wool setting depending upon
the type of felt you are using. Be careful! Irons require
- Step 5: Assemble
Place a pillowcase folded in half on a Formica counter or ironing
board. Following the craft adhesive instructions, apply the adhesive
to the back of the game board square. After it cools, remove the
paper backing and flip it over and place it on the felt with even
margins. Iron the game board to the felt using the synthetic
setting. Be careful! Irons require adult supervision!
Tip: Be sure to carefully read and follow the
instructions that come with the iron-on craft adhesive.
- Step 6: Roll-up the Board
Cut an 18" length of ribbon and lay it out on the table. Place
your games pieces in the board's pocket, and fold the pocket over.
Now, loosely roll-up the board, no more than a couple of turns.
Place the roll on the center of the ribbon and tie it up with a bow.
Loosen the tie and unroll the board to paly a game of Fox and
Tip: Some craft adhesives are stiffer than
others, if the board resists being rolled don't force it! In that
case just fold the board over and tie it closed. The pieces will
still stay in the pocket.
Tip: If one end of the board curls when you
unroll the board, simply roll it the other direction to flatten it
- Step 7: Play Fox and Geese
You will need 14 playing pieces in two different colors (1 fox
and 13 geese) to play Fox and Geese. You can use pieces from other games,
coins, marshmallows, or dry cereal (Trix). You can even make your
own pieces with homemade
The object of the game is for the geese to trap the fox and the
fox to avoid being trapped. The game is played by two players with
one player using the single fox piece and the other having the 13
geese. Don't worry that the fox is out numbered—it has the
special ability to jump.
- Place the fox on the center space and place the 13 geese on
one side of the board as shown. The game board is setup the
same for both game board configurations—with and without
- All pieces can move to any open space. They move one space
at a time along any line. On the
alternate game boards, without diagonals, the geese can move
down, left and right, but cannot move backwards!
- The fox may capture the geese by jumping. No other pieces
are allowed to jump.
- A capture is made by jumping over a piece.
- A captured piece is removed from the board.
- All jumps are over an adjacent piece to an empty
space beyond. Multiple jumps are allowed.
- Draw to see who goes first then take alternating turns.
The geese try to crowd the fox into a corner and trap it. The fox
tries to capture as many geese as possible. When the fox is
trapped (can't move), the game is over and the geese win. The fox
wins when it becomes impossible for the geese to trap it.