Family Game Night
What you will need:
Easel and/or Construction paper & Marker
Prizes from the dollar store
Games like: Apples to Apples, Scattegories, Playing cards
How to play:
Game 1- SCENE IT
Our free version of Scene it. Scene it is a great game but it is now hard to find in stores and very expensive on the internet. With my kids’ attention span, I only played a few scenes from various movies like Shrek, The Little Mermaid etc. I then asked them to identify certain characters, songs, etc. I blindfolded them or made the kids turn away from the TV and asked them to identify the movie based on sound only or other criteria.
Depending on your children's ages and how fast you came move through the movies and scenes, you may only be able to do a few rounds of this but it’s still fun. Next time I will make the questionnaire for the different movies ahead of time.
Game 2- Charades
I printed a few free sheets of Charades’ words and had my 6 year old cut them out and place in a plastic bag. For younger children, be sure to print words that have accompanying pictures. Everyone takes a few turns on guessing what they are trying to act out. Don’t worry about the logistics of the adult version, just have fun with them trying to act out a dog, or a swimmer. I found my words here: Charades
Game 3- Scattegories
This game can also be played if you don’t have the boxed version from the store. Simply make teams hand out paper and writing utensils. If you have the actual game don’t worry about rolling the die for the letter, let the kids use any letter for the categories. If you are playing without the game, you can make you own categories and set a timer yourself.
Game 4- Pictionary
Pictionary was so much fun. We used our easel and again you can print Pictionary words here. Help the younger children because even a 2 or 3 year old can participate!
I found my Pictionary words here: Pictionary
Game 5- Apples to Apples
We set the kids up to play this amongst themselves while my husband and I cleaned up and got ready for dessert. Use the Disney version and they will be able to play with little to know help. Our 2 year old was more interested in staking and grouping the cards, even playing with them on her own.
If you don't have Apples to Apples use playing cards for Go Fish or Uno or even a Matching Game would work.
Game 6- Freeze dance
We used Pandora on our TV and put on Kids Bop station. This is always fun and I’ll post video of our kids in their 4th round.
Tips: First, team up and make names for the teams.
Don’t be too heavy handed with the rules especially if your kids are young.
Encourage fun and don’t keep score or track just make sure everyone gets a turn.
We gave out prizes after the 2nd and 4th games. We also were able to serve dinner during and intermission. After the intermission we switched teams.
This was so much fun to do randomly and for no reason or special occasion. I hope to hold this as a monthly family fun night. Any suggestions on games you like to play during your family Game Night?