Monday, February 4, 2013

Presidential 4-in-a-Row Board Game

My son thinks our nation's presidential legacy is fascinating. And since President's Day is this month, I cooked up a fun game to help us celebrate.

If you've played Sequence for Kids, you'll recognize the rules. The game board and cards feature 19 of the most "famous" presidents in U.S. history. Each card features:
  1. A star with a number; that number indicates where in the lineage of presidents he served (i.e. Richard Nixon's card says 37, because he was our nation's 37th president).
  2. The president's political party affiliation.
  3. A quick fact about their life and/or their presidency.

Here's What You Need
The game board (download a 4-page PDF here, print, and tape together)
Game cards (download a 6-page PDF here, print on cardstock, and cut apart)
Game pieces that are a different color for each player (we use poker chips)

The Objective
The first player to get four of their own game pieces on the game board in a row (horizontally or vertically) wins.

How to Play
Each player is dealt three cards and looks at their hand. The remaining card deck is the draw pile.

Players can place a game piece on any president they have a card for in their hand. One game piece is placed on the board per turn. 

The card played is placed in a discard pile and the player draws a new card. Players should always have three cards in their hand.

Special Cards There are two kinds of special cards in the deck: one where the player can place a game piece on ANY open space and another where the player can remove an opponent's game piece from anywhere.

The player discards the special card, and in the case of the "remove an opponent's game piece," they cannot place their own game piece in its place until their next turn.

Star Spaces The four corners of the game board are free spaces. A player can use one of these spaces as one of their four-in-a-row. These are the only four spaces on the board that more than one player can place a game piece on.

Personal note: I tried my best to make sure there were no errors (it was a lot of facts to keep straight). If you spot one, please let me know!

Looking for a fun book to pair with this activity? I've got a great one. We LOVE Judith St. George's book So You Want to Be President?. It's such a clever way to learn about the country's past presidents. My son took this to school when it was his week to share his favorite book with the class.

CREDIT: This activity would not have been possible without the amazing free clipart of the presidents, available at WPClipart.


  1. This is perfectly what we need! Thanks so much!

  2. Thank you - this will be fun to play! I wish that at least one of the Bush men made it on here but obviously there was not room for everyone! (But as father-son, I find that a fascinating piece of trivia!)

    Best to you!

  3. Wow thank you so much! I spend hours looking for printables and activities. Yours are what I've been looking for!

  4. What an amazing Presidents' Day freebie! Thanks so much for sharing! I featured your printable as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and on Pinterest

  5. Is this still available? When I click on the link to download it is just white.

    1. Yes, it is. I'm not sure why Google Drive is giving you trouble. Sometimes it helps if you're logged into a Google account before clicking the link. If you still have trouble, send me an email and I'll reply with the PDF attached.

  6. I cannot thank you enough for this game!!! My son, who is also a president and history nut, played this 8 times in a row after dinner tonight!!! Thank you!!!!