Taenggu Mum Birthday 2020: Tom & Jerry “Snakes & Ladders” Board Game For The Kim Family

“Some relationships are like TOM & JERRY. They tease each other, knock down each other, irritate each other, but can’t live without each other.”
“Growing up, I liked Jerry of Tom and Jerry. He was the little guy who was more clever than the big guy even though he wasn’t as strong. I identified with that going through school. I also like Mighty Mouse. I like the little guys who come through in the end.”
Dominic Monaghan
“In race between cat and mouse, the mouse mostly wins… Because the cat runs for its food… But the mouse runs for its life. Purpose is more important than need.”


I already had the idea much earlier at the start of the year to do something related to “Tom and Jerry” for Taeyeon’s mother’s birthday this year. “Tom and Jerry” is an American animated cartoon that centers on the rivalry between a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry. The series portrayed comedic scenes of how the small-sized Jerry always outsmarts his ever-chasing predator Tom through his smart tactics.

Since from the very beginning when I started this blog, I’ve been modelling Taenggu Mum as a mouse character in my artworks. After characterising her as Minnie Mouse last year (see TAENGGU MUM BIRTHDAY 2019: MINNIE MOUSE COOK), I decided that this year she can be Jerry, another well-known mouse cartoon character.

However, the idea of making “Tom and Jerry” into a snakes and ladders board game only came very recently after celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival (aka Chuseok in Korea) with my family on 1 October. On the following night after Mid-Autumn Festival, my sister and I decided to enjoy some durian snowskin mooncakes that she bought while playing a few rounds of game on the mooncake metal box, which was creatively designed to double up as a snakes and ladders board game. With our dog, Tofu even joining in as our 3rd player (lol), we had lots of fun and laughter playing this Mid-Autumn Festival themed snakes and ladders game while reliving our childhood memories of playing snakes and ladders.

So I suddenly got inspired by my personal experience of playing this game with my family during Mid Autumn. Why not integrate the idea of Tom and Jerry into a fun, easy-to-play snakes and ladders board game of my own too? It would make a great family bonding game for Taenggu Mum to play with her 3 cute children at home on occasions like Chuseok too!

Just this August, I made a DIY labyrinth game for Taenggu’s little sister Hayeon (see HAYEON BIRTHDAY 2020: STRAWBERRY GIRL IN THE MIND OF A LABYRINTH). It’s amazing that I could now even move on to make a board game for her whole family too. Coincidentally, I also had a scrapbook paper design that looks like a chessboard. I originally wanted to use it as a photo grid collage for Photo Day this year but I eventually had another better idea (see PHOTO DAY 2020: WHAT IF WE WERE UNIVERSITY GRADUATES FROM THE SAME SCHOOL). So it excited me when I knew that this scrapbook paper turned out to be a perfect material for my snakes and ladders game later on instead. I also made my board and player chips magnetic just like the snakes and ladders game on our mooncake metal box, using metal base whiteboard sheet and magnets.

The process of making my very own Tom and Jerry snakes and ladders game!

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More detailed photos of my completed board game. 📸

Some guidelines and rules on how to play the game.

Video Demo – Taenggu Mum Version

Video Demo – Taeyeon Version

Dear Taenggu Mum 탱구엄마,

Happy Birthday Mama Jerry 🐁🐭🧀🎂⁣
Hope you will have a fun time playing this family game with Taeyeon, Jiwoong and Hayeon! 💜⁣

Handmade with love,
Celeste Koh

Listen to: “超级玛丽 (Super Mario)” by 田馥甄 Hebe Tien

超级玛丽 (Chao Ji Ma Li) – English Translation

There is an ant named Mary Mary Mary
Fall in love with Charlie across the road
It’s a pity Charlie Charlie Charlie is a cat
Thinking about the fish in the river every day

Just the distance of a road
Poor Mary can’t go over
Looking at Charlie
Eat fish in whose arms

Every car on the road runs its own way
Where does everyone go in a hurry
Do you have a purpose? Do you want to have a motive?
Like ant Mary

Mary Mary Mary was a little anxious one day
Saw Charlie move in with a new neighbour
The name is Jasmine, Jasmine, Jasmine, how nice
Made Charlie forget to eat fish

The original distance of a road
Sometimes really can’t go over
But once walked over
Is Charlie still beautiful?

The sun rises and the sunset on the road
People come and go
Mary raised her head
Only to find that there are scenery everywhere

Sun rises and sunset, people come and people go
Mary raised her head occasionally
I discovered that I appreciate
You can see good scenery everywhere

Hey Mary Mary Mary oh
Hey Mary Mary Mary oh
The original distance of a road
Sometimes I really can’t go over

But once walked over
Is Charlie still beautiful in my eyes?
Mary Mary Mary is very happy
Keep going down the road

Harry Andy Bobby I met are all interesting
Also make myself very interesting
Actually the distance of a road
Sometimes I don’t need to go there

The beautiful scenery is in my eyes
You can also put it in your heart
Sun rises and sunset, people come and people go
Mary looked up at herself occasionally

In the eyes of others
I may also be a landscape
Actually the distance of a road
Sometimes I don’t need to go there

Even the most beautiful scenery
Will eventually leave the eyes

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