- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a game board to make—colored or black & white. Download and print the pattern.
Use the Marble Squares pattern to make a game board
suitable for marble playing pieces.
Choose a design that prints in color, or select a
black & white pattern and use your creativity to add color and
Easy Game Board: The Alquerque board patterns can be used
to make a simple "print, cut and play" game board. Just follow the
instructions in the English Board Solitaire
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: Make Game Board Base
Following the instructions in the English Board Solitaire
craft project, make the game board base. Follow the
directions for making it with cardboard and do not cover it with
Tip: You may print the game board directly on
cardstock and skip the step that glues the game board to cardboard.
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: Print
Print the Marble Squares pattern on computer
paper. The pattern has 30 squares. You will need 25 squares for the
Tip: Print the black & white pattern on colored
computer paper that coordinates with the game board. You won't need
to color the squares if you do this.
- Step 4: Color (optional)
If you printed the black & white Marble Squares pattern on
white paper, color the squares with any colors you like, or
leave them white.
Tip: You could color the twelve starting squares
for each player in different
colors and leave the center square white.
- Step 5: Glue to Cardboard
Cut a piece of cardboard big enough for all 30 squares. Cardboard
from an empty cereal box works well. Glue the squares to the
cardboard. Be sure to cover the squares completely, edge-to-edge,
- Step 5: Cut Out Squares and Punch
Cut out 25 marble squares. Be sure to make straight cuts with
Tip: It's easier to cut the squares with a craft
knife and ruler. Careful! Craft knives require adult
Using the gray circles as a guide, punch a hole in the center of
- Step 6: Glue Squares to Game Board
Arrange the squares on the game board. Be sure to center each one
over a circle on the game board.
Carefully glue each square to the game board. Wipe any excess
glue from the squares and holes. Let the glue dry, and
you are ready to play.
Tip: Glue the center square to the board
first, then glue the four squares with eight lines coming out from their
centers. Use these as placement guides as you glue the other
squares. Align a ruler or long strip of cardboard to the sides of
these squares, then glue the other squares in the row along the
- Step 7: Play Alquerque
To play Alquerque, you will need a game board and playing marbles
of two different colors—twelve marbles of each color. You can
also use game pieces from other games,
coins, marshmallows, or dry cereal (Trix). You can even make your
own pieces with homemade
The object of this 2-player game is to capture all of the
- Put the marbles of one color along the bottom two rows and the
two leftmost spaces of the third row. Do the reverse for the
other color of marbles. Leave the center space empty.
- All marbles can move to any open space. They move one space
at a time along any line.
- Your opponent's marbles are captured by jumping. All jumps are
from one side of a marble to an empty space beyond. Multiple
jumps are allowed on the same play, and they need not be on a
- Jumps must be taken, but the player can select
which jump to take if more than one jump exists.
- Captured marbles are removed from the board.
- Draw to see who goes first, then take alternating turns.
The game ends when one player captures all of the other player's
marbles, or when one player is blocked and cannot move. The game ends
in a draw if neither player can capture all of the opponent's
Now it's time to play a game!