How to Make a Paper Checkerboard

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Create a checkerboard with a plain white piece of paper.
Create a checkerboard with a plain white piece of paper. (Image: Sunglasses on checkerboard image by jfsears from Fotolia.com)

Checkers is a game that has been enjoyed by individuals since the year 3000 B.C. A checkerboard is a surface with alternating colored boxes that create a surface for players to move their checker pieces over. With a piece of paper, you can create your own checkerboard in a short amount of time so you can begin winning against all your friends.

Things You'll Need

  • One piece of plain white paper, 8 inches by 8 inches
  • 12-inch ruler
  • Fine-tipped black marker
  • Large permanent black marker

Lay the 8-inch-by-8-inch piece of paper on a flat surface. Measure and mark every inch along all four sides of the paper.

Draw lines horizontally to connect the one-inch marks along the left- and right-hand sides of the paper with the fine-tipped marker.

Draw lines vertically to connect the one-inch marks along the top and bottom of the paper with the fine-tipped marker. This will create 64 one-inch squares over the paper.

Fill in every other square along the bottom of the paper with the thick permanent black marker.

Color in the boxes in row two immediately above the uncolored boxes on the bottom row. Then row three should be filled in in exactly the same pattern as row one. Repeat this coloring process in alternating rows until all eight rows contain colored and uncolored boxes.

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