It’s time for some quality family time and what does that mean? Games! We’ve found simple family games that you can play anywhere. And, many of them are played using the supplies you have around you – or none at all!
Some of these fun family games to play will make you laugh so hard your insides will hurt – in a good way! You’ll definitely want to read on to discover the fun.
Family game night ideas don’t have to be complicated. You can create lasting memories sitting around the kitchen table with a bowl of rice and a board game.
1 Monopoly is a game that requires math skills, strategy, and critical thinking. There are several varieties you can order, such as Dog-Opoly or Horse-Opoly, that will pique your child’s interests. After all, who wouldn’t want to buy as many kinds of dogs as she can?!
2 Snakes and Ladders brings back fun memories of when you were a kid, exciting to teach it to your kids and create new memories. It is an exciting and fun way to teach and improve your child's concentration, math skills, interactive skills, and much more.
3 Chess can be incredibly intense, and you can play for hours without noticing time go by. There are many different strategies and styles of play, so if a Chess move feels over your head, don’t fret—there are thousands of other tactics you can learn to checkmate your opponent.
4 Scrabble is a board game where you use letter tiles to make words. The game is entertaining, and fun for the whole family! As a bonus, it’s a great way to address both spelling and vocabulary.
The more creative you are, the more fun Free Games can be. This is one of the absolute all-time favorite type of games for tight-budgeted families because it's FREE!
1 Never Have I Ever must be played with at least a dozen people, preferably more. The concept is similar to musical chairs in that there is one less chair than there are people. Arrange the chairs in a circle looking inward. One person stands in the middle and announces one thing that they have never done. For instance, the person in the middle might announce, “Never have I ever ridden in a hot air balloon.” Anyone who has ridden in a hot air balloon would then get up, leaving their chair unoccupied, and find a new chair. The person in the middle would also find a chair. Whoever is left without a chair is the new person in the middle and will take a turn announcing what they have never done.
2 Would You Rather game requires the players to move to one side of the room or another depending on what they prefer given two options. For example, the first set of options might be wearing shoes or going barefoot. The person who is “it” would announce, “Would you rather wear shoes or go barefoot?” If your answer is you prefer to wear shoes, you would go to the left, but if you would rather be barefoot, you would go to the right. Keep track of the answers to see who has the most in common with each other.
3 Two Truth and a Lie takes effort and a good memory. First, state 3 things about yourself, but only 2 can be true. After that, see if the other players can guess which statement is a lie. Everyone will learn more about each other!
4 20 Questions is a super game for getting folks to chat, having kids listen and think, and practicing questioning skills. One player decides on a thing, animal, person or place and other players try to guess by asking close-ended questions. Close-ended questions are questions that can be answered with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. And remembering the answer to each question will help determine the questions that are asked next.
These fun family games will take you back to your college days or maybe even your elementary years. But, it doesn’t matter how old you are, because these games to play with family are timeless!
1 Pictionary Not an artist? No worries. This game is actually more fun if you can’t draw. Get ready for loads of laughter when your family can’t decipher if what you’re drawing is a banana or an airplane! You can create your own game set with a white board and some fun words to draw written on small pieces of paper.
2 Charades You can never go wrong with a classic game like charades. Simply split into teams and then have one person from each team act out a movie, book, or TV show to see who can guess the answer. This is a great game for introverts who want to be less shy.
3 Telephone One person starts the game by whispering a sentence into the ear of the person sitting next to them. They whisper what they think they heard to the person on the other side of them. This continues until the sentence gets to the last person. At that time, the person says out loud what they think they heard.
4 Hide and Seek
In this classic family game, one person is “it,” covers his/her eyes, and counts while everyone else hides. After that, the “it” person goes and hunts for the hiders, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Meanwhile, the found hiders can either be out and wait for all hiders to be found, or they can also become another “it” person and help find the rest of the hiders. The last person found is the winner!
Family game night creates lasting memories because they foster a sense of belonging. In the busy hubbub of life, it is so nice to have tech-free, face to face time with your kids. Remember, don’t take it very seriously the part who wins or looses. It’s all about the fun!
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