Free Printable Ludo Board Game
Did you know that Ludo comes from a game that was invented in India as early as 3300 BC?! It is a board game that has really stood the test of time, and for good reason – it is easy to learn, and fun to play. All you need is your free printable Ludo Board Game with counters, and a dice. Don’t have a dice at home? We’ve got that covered as well.
Why Play Ludo?
Ludo is a great game for little ones because it is fun and easy to learn. It also helps with:
- Counting skills – moving counters the number of spaces shown on the dice.
- Turn taking – sharing the dice and learning to wait your turn.
- Patience – players must throw a six to begin. Sometimes it takes a while!
- Winning and losing – learning how to lose with a smile.
Setting up your Printable Ludo board game
Our free printable Ludo board comes in two versions. The first has lovely bright coloured backgrounds and the second is on a background of a blue and pink starry sky. Whichever you choose, just print it out for a quick game. All the counters that you need are included as well. Simply help your child to cut them out carefully.
If you need a dice, you’ll find that too! Just cut out the template and stick it together with a little glue along the tabs.
You could laminate the game or stick it onto card to help it last longer. The whole game can easily be stored in an envelope, so it won’t take up lots of room.
How to Play Ludo
Ludo looks a little complicated, but it is a very easy game to learn. You can play with 2, 3 or 4 players.
- Each player chooses a colour. They place their counters on the circles in their coloured box.
- All players roll the dice, and the one with the highest roll goes first. Play continues clockwise.
- You must roll a six to start. If you don’t roll a six, the next player takes a turn.
- When you roll a six, take one of your counters and place it on your start square. You can then roll again. Now move your counter the number of squares shown on the dice. You move your counter clockwise around the white squares.
- Whenever you throw a six, you can either move a counter around the white spaces OR you can release another one of your counters from your box. You then get another roll.
- You can move any of your counters on your turn, as long as they have been released from the box.
- If you land on a space that is already taken by someone else’s counter, you send their counter back to their box and you take the space. They must roll a six to release the counter again.
- If you land on a space that is already occupied by one of your own counters, it forms a block. No other player can land on or pass this space.
- When your counter has been around all the white squares, you head up the row of coloured squares that lead to your home triangle. You must roll the exact number to land your counter on home.
- The first player to get all their counters to their home triangle wins the game. You cannot win if one of your opponents still has all their counters in their box.
- If you are playing with young children, you can speed up the game by releasing counters from your box by throwing a one or a six.
Where to play Ludo
The great thing about your printable Ludo Board Game is that it is light, easy to store and easy to transport. It won’t take up lots of room in your house, and you can easily take it with you on holiday. Pop it in your bag so that you always have something to keep kids amused in restaurants and waiting rooms.
Printable games are a great way of trying something new. Why not check out some of our other great free printable board games?