Every family can benefit from fun time together. Games nights are an easy way to do this. The size, age, and time your family has help determine which game to play. No matter the make-up of your family, you’ll be able to adjust the games below to ensure your family game night is fun and interactive for everyone.
Monopoly- This game helps build reasoning and math skills, but your kids don’t have to know that. Monopoly is also available in a junior version for families with younger children.
Scrabble- Another great game that is available in a junior version, conversations just seem to naturally flow in this game while strengthening spelling skills.
Cranium- Cranium gives every member of the family a chance to show off their talents. Cranium is generally suggested for ages 16 and older, but team play allows involvement from younger members of the family.
Wii/Kinect games- These games encourage physical activity and many can be played with younger children, even toddlers. For example, in the Wii game Just Dance, we let our toddler dance right along with us, even though she’s not getting scored.
Minute to Win It- Use your creativity to adapt this hilarious and fun game to your family and their interests. This freedom means you can do something different each week and don’t need a lot of time.
Apples to Apples- Better for older members of the family, this game is great for learning the personality of each member of your family. Plus, you choose when the game ends, so it is perfect if you have a little or a lot of time.
Football- Exercise is important to health and development, so we’re all looking for ways to keep our families active. No matter the ages of your children, if they can walk, they can play backyard flag or touch football.
Charades- Another game that can be adjusted for all ages, Charades is sure to have the family’s attention. Charades also builds the confidence and comfort of shy players
Phase 10- Though Phase 10 is recommended for ages 8 and up, younger players can “help” older ones and still be included. The game also frees up a lot of time for conversation and bonding. This game does take longer than most card games, usually 1-3 hours.
Kick ball- All you need is bases, a ball, and some open space. Make it more interesting for younger players by acting goofy.