My children and I have family game night every Wednesday. We love trying new games and the kids helped me compose a top 10 list of new games and old favorites.
Apples to Apples
Our favorite game is Apples to Apples. Children over the age of seven and adults alike will love this game. I enjoy anything that allows my children to be creative and stretch their minds a little bit. Family game night is always packed with laughs with Apples to Apples.
Okay, so this game may be a little old fashioned, but sometimes the best things in life are simple. Family game night with the neighbors once a month is a blast with this game. We put a little twist on it for the kids and use a timer and teams of two. Basically, you have two chairs facing each other and one person holds homemade cards up while the other person guesses. Each team only has a couple of minutes to get as many as possible. It’s a great game for adults and children as soon as they are able to read.
Family game night with classic Monopoly is so competitive in our house. The kids love this game and it normally lasts for hours. We started playing it as a family when my son turned eight. My daughter always wants to be the banker and my son is really thrifty with his money. Monopoly can give parents a lot of insight into the financial habits of their children.
My son taught me how to play chess when he was nine years old. On family game night we have a chess tournament. Everyone has a chance to play against each person and the winners play each other and so on. As a parent, I love watching my children think in a strategic manner. My son started playing chess when he was six. There’s really no age requirement with chess. Your children can play as soon as they have the ability to comprehend the game.
Family game night doesn’t have to be a board game. In fact, my children love this game because it allows them to burn some energy. Children of any age can play charades. My daughter played on my team when she was only three. If young children are playing it’s best to keep the categories simple. If the children are older it’s fun to make it tougher.
Steal the Hanky
This game is fabulous if you have a big family, rowdy children, or exhausted adults. I used to play this game in girl scouts and there is no age requirement. Each child or adult who plays gets a handkerchief and tucks it in their back pocket. The goal of the game is to get all of the handkerchiefs but there is a catch. You have to tie each handkerchief you steal onto the one in your back pocket. The longer your hanky tail the faster you have to run. It really lets children use up their energy and it’s fun for adults to play or watch.
This is the game I pull out for family game night if my children have been arguing. It’s a classic game but I love it because the kids can get out their frustrations with each other in a positive manner. There’s something about saying, “Sorry” and making someone start over that the kids seem to love. Don’t get cocky though. Just when you think you’re winning it’s back to square one. This game is great for anyone over age seven.
Fact or Fiction
There’s a game called Fact or Crap that’s a lot of fun but I don’t let my children use the word crap. Instead of playing that we made our own clean version of the game for family game night. Basically, you write out a statement on a card and the players have to guess if its fact or fiction. For instance, you might write something like, ” Elephants can remember where the bones of other elephants are located and can visit the remains years later.” Just make your questions age appropriate. It’s a great learning opportunity for children and adults. I always learn something when I’m making the cards. I use Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel for my statements. Children over the age of five seem to really enjoy this game.
Family game night doesn’t have to involve a board game or even cost any money. A well thought out scavenger hunt can be a lot of fun. If you have young children, you can team them up with adults if they need help reading the list. We have the kids find things outside and leave clues that lead to other clues. The winning team gets a prize like no dish duty for the week or pick the toppings on pizza night.
This is an older game. We actually got ours at a thrift store for three dollars but love playing this game. It’s best if you have a minimum of four people. There’s a category like, “Things that are red,” and players have to shout out as many red things as possible. It’s actually pretty challenging at times and can get really competitive. Some of the categories would be tough for a younger child. I recommend players being at least ten years old.
Hopefully, you’ll add a couple of these games to your arsenal for family game night and enjoy them as much as my family and I do. Happy gaming.