Every Friday night at our house is Family Night. And boy do the kids love it! Spending time together with family, where you are playing games, laughing and bonding is priceless. I have compiled a list of the Top 10 Family Games you are sure to enjoy.
10. War – Yes, it’s an old classic. But war is a great game for kids of pretty much any age. While it doesn’t involve much thought for the players, it is teaching young children to recognize numbers and values.
9. Go Fish – Another oldie but a goody. Children 4+ can play this family game. Invoking more thought then War, Go Fish allows players to think through what to ask for, what they have and see what is laid out in front of them.
8. Memory – I’ve been disturbingly surprised by how much better my young children are at this game then me. Even at the early age of 5 they could smoke me in Memory. Really a great game for all ages, young and old!
7. Catch Phrase – An extremely fun grown up version of hot potato and charades. Players pass the beeping small computer around and it tells them what their word is. Great for kids ages 12+…although in my experience even 12-year-olds may not know many of the words or people.
6. Rummikub – A new take on dominos. Rummikub is a great family game and really neat because both young kids (like my 6-year-old) and older people (like my 90 year old grandmother) can play the game together. It’s really good for getting the mind going. It involves strategy, counting and a keen eye.
5. Apples to Apples – A personal favorite…Apples to Apples is great for crowds of people, family vacations, or gatherings of any kind. Get to know your family and friends better by trying to guess what they would think.
4. Monopoly – Always a good time. Really not for kids under age 8…unless of course you want to be there all day counting their money, and helping them.
3. Clue – The whodunit game of Clue can turn any event into a murder mystery good time. You need strategy, good note taking, and instinct. In our home (for the females), it’s the fun alternative to watching sports. Go clue!
2. Wii Bowling – A close second to real bowling, Wii bowling is a fun, entertaining way to play at home. As long as a child can hold the remote and swing his or her arm, really anyone can play.
1. The number 1 Top Family Night Game is SPOONS! It’s a drag out, knock down, crawl across the table, arm wrestling good time. An absolute great time! It doesn’t involve much thought, but a watchful eye. Best for kids ages 8+.
Family Game Night is an amazing way to draw in many different generations and share a common bond of competitive good fun. Now get playing!