Family game night is always a ton of fun, but going out to play at a gym or buying board games has the potential to get expensive. Get a group of families together and set up a once a month game night. Even if you play board games, this means you are only buying a new board game every six months or so. You can also rotate houses, bring a potluck dinner and some snacks and make an evening out of it. Not sure what to do? Here are ten awesome games that you can play using things you probably have around your home.
10 Amazing Family Game Night Games
This is a card game that is played with one less spoon sitting in the middle of the circle of people than there are people. Each player is given four cards. The goal of the game is to get 4 cards of the same rank (i.e. 4 Kings). The dealer takes the top card from the deck and discards a card to their left. All other players take the card passed to them and discard a card to the player on their left. This continues until someone has 4 of a kind. Once someone has 4 of a kind, they pick up one of the spoons. The other players attempt to grab a spoon once the first person grabs one and the one left without a spoon is out. Remove a spoon and continuing playing until there are only 2 people and 1 spoon remaining. The first one to get 4 of a kind in this match wins.
Although Pictionary is also a board game, you can make a homemade version pretty easily to use for family game night. Use a whiteboard and markers that you probably have in your home to draw pictures for others to guess. Write words and phrases on cardstock or even small pieces of paper. Then draw away and have fun! You don’t have to be a good artist – it makes it even more fun if you can’t! It’s harder to guess when something doesn’t look like it is supposed to!
Would You Rather
This game is great fun for those who can be creative and spontaneous quickly! Have everyone stand in a line and then have the announcer ask which of two options the participants would choose. Have participants move a step forward or back depending on which option they would choose. If you want to have a game where there is no winner, don’t have there be a finish line. Instead just pay attention to who moves which way on each question. It’s a fun way to get to learn more about people you may not know as well.
A classic game that everyone can play, regardless of their age. Separate your group into teams where one person will act out a TV show, movie, book, character – really anything – and see who can guess the answer. Charades is a great game to play if you have a wide span of ages within your group.
Ball up several pairs of socks and place several different baskets in different areas of your home. Set up different distances and have family members take turns trying to get the sock balls into the basket.
Set up various obstacles like blocks and gates. Players work around the obstacles to get any ball that will roll on your floor into a plastic glass or cup.
Have a Concert
If you family is musical (or even if they aren’t) have a family game night concert where everyone can present a song or instrumental piece. Or if you have little actors or actresses, they can put on a play or skit for you.
Set up an obstacles course where players have to go up, down, under or over obstacles. Keeping safety in mind, you can use furniture, hula hoops and/or jump ropes. You can even have stations where people have to do something like jump on one foot 20 times or hula hoop 20 times.
Select different types of music and have a dance party. Ask family members what types of music they would like to dance to – be open with this because you probably aren’t going to agree. It’s a good way to have fun together while getting exercise. At the same time, you are learning more about each other!
Minute to Win it!
Think up some family game night games where contestants compete against the clock and each other to see how fast they can do the task. For example, see how many marshmallows they can pick up out of a pile with chopsticks or how many gummy worms they can transfer from one bowl to another using only a straw and their mouth.
These ten awesome ideas for family game night just a few of the ways that your family can play together. Since many of them involve movement, you’re also getting exercise (bonus!). No matter what you choose to do, you are spending time together as a family, and that is the most important thing. Having fun is just a little extra!
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