The Bactong's Family Customized Monopoly

Activities are important in families to make each other closer together.

"Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities."

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

I found a family who believes that spending time to each other and living the gospel will make them closer together. 

Meet The Bactong's Family .
Currently, they are residing in Silay City. But I think they are from Leyte.
They are member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 
They have four kids.


Meet my guest blogger, Brother Chris Bactong and his family.

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 Customized Monopoly Tutorial

  
You will need:


Illustration board
Elmer’s glue
Art papers, 
Permanent marker
Plastic stirrer
Ccut-outs from old magazines
Colored pens pencil
Ruler

How to do.. 

1. Cut an even square from illustration board. The measurement is 20 inches on four sides. Its actually a bit larger than the actual size of 19.5 inches.


2.The Monopoly game board consists of forty spaces containing twenty-eight properties (twenty-two colored streets, four railroads and two utilities), three Chance spaces, three Community Chest spaces, a Luxury Tax space, an Income Tax space, and the four corner squares: GO, (In) Jail/Just Visiting, Free Parking, and Go to Jail. To create this the measurement of cornered spaces is 6.5cm (all sides) and the rest is 6.5x4.5cm. The 6.5cm is the depth of the box from the outside of the board.


3.Once done with the spaces and outline, marked the lines darker to show depths between spaces. Next named the spaces with properties etc. What we did is changed the places for real ones..we changed the railroads to realistic airports like Cebu, Manila and Tacloban Airports.The streets were taken from the places we have been,(Bacolod City, Tacloban, Manila..ie)


4. We used pictures related to the places we indicated. Some are logos of prominent malls like Ayala, and the utilities we use like Sun Cellular logo and Silay Water District...



5. After finishing the designs, we glued plastic stirrer on each space for the placement of property rooms and hotels...we did these to put the mini plastic houses intact during games...



6. Next changing the property card is based on Philippine currency we have in play money...we lowered to hundreds the amount to compensate the capacity of the currency we used. We never made changes with the chance card and cash box card except the amount.


7. To make it easier we suggest for you to buy a cheap monopoly game board (around Php350) and use it as pattern for customized one...



We built a customized one fit for the need of our family. This did helped us in enhancing the game play and to create practicality for the kids (they were counting real currency in play money). The real places creates’ exciting scenarios and it is fun. The board game did help us be closer to each other and gives us the opportunity to spend time with kids. Remember monopoly takes hours to finish… We strongly believe that family bonding is very important considering the fact that all of us are busy during weekdays (my wife is a teacher and I work in a very demanding call center). Spending time together keeps us stronger and can live the gospel better. Try this and for sure it is a worthwhile experience for your family too. 
Brother Chris Bactong

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Thank you so much Brother Bactong for sharing your experience to all of us. 
This is such an inspiring and fun thing to do with our family.
And I'm surely will make one! :-)

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