We are giving up television for the summer. This is not an easy thing, as we have enjoyed many family movie nights. So I am trying to replace the movie nights with other kinds of family nights. This week it is family game night.
My kids vary greatly in age, so it can be difficult to find games that we all enjoy playing together. But they exist if everyone is a bit flexible and gets in the spirit of family game night. Good picks are classics, like Clue/Clue Jr, Sorry, Boggle, Hungry Hippo, Yahtzee/Yahtzee Jr, Scrabble/Scrabble Jr, Monopoly/Monopoly Jr, Kerplunk, Parcheesi, Operation, Chutes & Ladders, Candyland, Trouble, and Go Fish. The older kids sometimes balk at playing younger games, but family game night is an excellant opportunity to learn cooperation, patience, tact, getting along, and good sportsmanship. I am trying to let the kids alternate between choosing games so that everyone gets a chance to play what they would really like to play. Although we haven't tried them yet, I hear that good games for whole-family fun are: Cranium Family Fun, Hoopla, Captain Bones Gold, and Whonu. We just bought Sequence, and this is a game that everyone truly enjoys. We also were given "Racko", which is a card game that we also all enjoy. Little Bill needs a bit of oversight from time to time to keep him on track, but he enjoys playing it with us all.
If you have varying skill levels and want to break into sub-groups, good games for a pair to play are Battleship, Othello, Mastermind, Connect Four, and card games.
It's summertime, so family game night can mean outdoors as well! We have an inexpensive croquet set I found at Target one summer. Water balloon fights are fun, as are relay races (we have scooter boards I found at our local education store), and horseshoes. There are lots of fun party games that families can play. Look online or think about your favorite party games.
For snacks, try fruit kabobs, popcorn, smores, veggies & dip, celery with peanut butter, and snack mix. For movie nights, we really got into making fun & yummy snacks that went along with the movie. So I want to do game-themed snacks for us. Here are some ideas I've found so far:
Chocolate domino cookies from Country Living
Jenga cheese & crackers from The Party Planning Professor.
Scrabble cookies from When Adobo Met Feijoada:
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