Our Large Family’s Game Night

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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. 

The best board games for large families.

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. 

Would You Rather?

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 best board games for large families.

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. 

I love that all of these games can be played with a large group and no strategy…just be prepared to laugh until you snort!The best board games for large families.

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? 

I was selected for this opportunity by Crunchkins™ as a member of Clever Girls but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. My kids love card games. A basic deck of cards gives us war, speed, and crazy eights and even the five year old is getting pretty decent at a round of solitaire! They’re also fans of the Angry Birds card games.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      So many options with just a deck of cards! Have you tried Uno with your kids yet? That’s always a favorite.

  2. How fun! We love games but haven’t introduced many to our children yet. This inspires me for some good summer fun! 🙂

  3. Melissa

    We love The Game of Things as well! Taboo, Scattegories, Catch Phrase and Outburst are all super fun to! They can played with individuals or as teams which would work well for bigger families!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I can’t believe I left Catch Phrase off of this list! We love that game.

  4. Sorry, Trouble and Headbanz are big with our kiddos. If we have more adults like at family gathers or friend dinners we love Apples to Apples, Catch Phrase and Pictionary! I’ll definitely be adding your to our list of games to play!

  5. We’ve just discovered a new one called Code Names that’s worth checking out.
    Munchkins is great fun, but limited in number. And Loot Letter is also good (less players again).
    Our family love board games. Well except one child, but we’re thinking of giving him away so it’s all good. 🙂

  6. Great recommendations! I agree with those who have suggested Catch Phrase. It’s a favorite around here!

  7. My husband is a game designer so our family is always playing some type of board or card game. We’re doing a series of 52 Family Game Nights if you’d like to see some of our suggestions: http://livingunabridged.com/category/living/family-game-nights/

    We also shared our best advice on dealing with poor losers (or winners): http://livingunabridged.com/52-family-game-nights-forbidden-island/ Short answer: cooperative games like Forbidden Island or Pandemic – everyone wins or everyone loses. 🙂

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      These are great! Do you mind if I edit the post to include these links in the text of my post? I am sure my readers would enjoy this (and they may not come to the comments).

  8. a good card game is Golf. It’s easy to learn and players, regardless of age, are pretty equal because the outcome depends on how YOU play your cards. Our grandkids started playing when they were around 7yrs old and now in their teens still like it. Oh, one reason it’s good for the little ones, is you don’t have a handful of cards to hold. Your cards (always 6) are on the table in front of you, some face up and some face down. Your decision on which is which. It’s a fun game and you will laugh or groan a lot.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thanks for this. I haven’t heard of it, but I’ll go look it up. My kids love card games.

  9. Wits and Wagers! This is soooo fun! We play as teams or individuals, so lots can play. My 5 yo great nephew was reigning family champion. We make anyone that comes to visit play with us, and they usually go buy the game after they have played.
    Hey! You guys can come over, and we will teach you how to play. Quick road trip to Kansas City?

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I’ve never heard of this, thanks for the suggestion. No prob, I’ll shoot you a text next time we are in Kansas City 😉

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