Family game night is a great way to bring everyone together to strengthen the family bond and share a few laughs. While little ones don’t typically need much coaxing to play a game, older kids can be somewhat of a challenge to engage. Here are our favorite ideas for getting kids of all ages together for family game night!
The Little Ones
Kids under five or six are at the perfect age for a good old-fashioned puzzle, word game or anything involving cute animals. SampleHouse is ready to outfit game night with a few of our favorites, like Dot to Dot for Tiny Tots, 12-piece jigsaw puzzles and the precious Button-Up Bear. Keep your youngest’s attention with a different game each week, and game night will quickly become a cherished family tradition. That’s not to mention the learning and bonding benefits, which will serve your little one even after game night is over.
Attack Of The Tweenager
When your little one isn’t quite a baby anymore but still hasn’t quite mastered the eye-roll, he or she has arrived at the tweenage phase. Still sugar-sweet but growing up before your eyes, that middle age range can be a tough one to entertain. Games like 20 Questions are great for exercising the growing list of facts and figures they’re learning in school while keeping fun in front seat. Mix it up and ensure big laughs with a Guess Who format, in which each player sticks a picture of an item or person on their forehead and has to use clues from other players to guess their picture. Other fun ideas for slightly older kids include games like giant Jenga, DIY family charades and Don’t Eat Pete, which involves eating M&Ms! Visit The Dating Divas’ website for more fun DIY ideas.
The Obstacle Course
Middle and high school-aged kids are often the hardest ones to engage during Family Game Night. Even if you’re not up against the ever-presents cell phones or tablets, sometimes it’s just a battle of breaking through the boredom. Older kids need special consideration when it comes to playing games with the whole family, as you want to make sure and include them in the fun without insulting their intelligence.
Challenge their brains and get their muscles moving with family favorite Minute To Win It games, which include silly challenges that work to foster a family bond while using some smarts. We’re also partial to the king-sized candy bar prizes up for grabs. You’ll need some rather random supplies like balloons, popsicle sticks, sugar cubes, cookies, cotton balls and more.
Visit Let’s Get Together for detailed instructions and even more ideas. There are dozens of gut-busting challenges from which to choose, and we’re hoping you’ll invite us over for the fun! Or at least for a candy bar (or two).