Large Family Game Night. Does that conjure up images of a relaxed atmosphere, smiling children and home-baked goods? If so, you haven’t been to a family game night at our house. My children are…ahem…a wee bit competitive when it comes to games. Family game night at our house often resembles a mix between the Hunger Games and Gladiators. Only, I think there may have been more survivors in those games. It’s not that my kids don’t like playing games…it’s just they like to win.
All of them. All of the time.
Aside from that it can be hard to find games that are appropriate for our age range (currently 5-17). We have found a few that work out for everyone.
The premise of this game? To choose between to equally horrible (or wonderful) choices. Such as:
Would you rather always have to pick your nose when talking to someone? Or always spit on people when talking to them?
This game is a great ice breaker and conversation starter. We ditched the board part of this game years ago and just use the cards. There are also several books, which we love to use on long car rides. This game will make you laugh, I promise!
Apples to Apples has been around for years, but it is an ongoing favorite here. The green cards are adjectives and the red nouns. The dealer puts down one green (adjective) card and each player places the red card from their hand that they think is best described by the green card. Trust me, this will lead to some friendly debates and laughter!
In a Pickle is a great game for kid like ours who enjoy a good argument. Apollo (5) can’t quite play this yet, but my other kids love it. Each player is dealt cards with a word on it and has to put smaller things into bigger things. Sounds simple (and boring) right? But its not…its a riot. Especially when players begin to argue their choice. For instance, a player might argue that the army is in a jar…because it is a toy army of plastic soldiers…
The Game of Things is brand new to our family. One player picks a card and reads it. For instance, the card might say, “Things you don’t need much of”. Each player quickly writes down the answer…then the first player (who read the card) reads the responses and everyone has to guess who said what.
No game night would ever be complete without snacks. Crunchkins™ are a fun candy with fun flavors. Each 3 oz share pack contains all three flavors: Birthday Cake, Fudge Brownie and Glazed Donut. Crunchkins™ are candy coated on the outside and have a crunchy light center and can be found at check-out stands at Walmart. My kids devoured these things. No surprise there.
What are your favorite family games? Have you found any that work for a big range of ages?
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