Family game night

Do you have family game night?? Does it tend to be scheduled? Or impromptu?

We have game night quite regularly. We are huge fans of card games and board games, and love to play them as a family.

Game night as a family is a great way to get everyone together, turn off all electronics and have fun. It will encourage communication, and will create memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are a few suggestions for a fun-filled family game night:

• Schedule it. If your home keeps a hectic schedule, mark it on the calendar so there are no excuses. Everyone is there.

• Keep it in the family. Leave the invites for friends and neighbors for another night. Make this night about your immediate family. To foster communication and comfort in your home.

• Avoid interruptions. Turn off the TV, laptops and iPhones. This time is all about the people in that room.

• Choose the right game. Make sure the game of choice is one everyone can enjoy. Take turns letting different family members choose the game. Giving children that responsibility will show them you trust them, helping to foster a sense of confidence. It’s a win-win.

• Use this as a teaching time. Whether children realize it or not, math, reading, and logic are all used in most games. It’s also a great time to reinforce social skills and manners – taking turns, good sportsmanship.

• Have fun! Just as the kids are to turn off the electronics, you as Mom and Dad are to turn off the never-ending-list-of-to-do’s. This is a time to enjoy every minute – as a family.

With thousands of games on the market today, the sky is the limit!

What are some games your family enjoys playing together?

Jenn

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  1. says

    We enjoy
    Scrabble
    Apples to Apples
    Boutique Monopoly
    Mad Gab
    Sort It Out
    and our ‘gaming’ is impromptu. We tried scheduling our nights but our lives are so spontaneous..impromptu works best.

  2. says

    We love Spinner (a domino game that many ages can play together).
    One of our daughters received Settlers of Catan for Christmas and we have been enjoying learning to play that.

    My husband just said last night that he wants to schedule “Family Night” on Friday of this week and we are planning to play games!! :)

    • Jenn says

      I will have to check out Spinner. We love playing Mexican Train dominoes. Have a great time Friday night – enjoy every minute!

  3. says

    We keep a basket of games beside our kitchen table and pick one of our 10-15 games every night after supper. It keeps us connected in a great way. We also have Family Night for our longer games on Friday night.

    Some of our favorites are:
    Bananagrams
    Sequence
    Uno
    Phase 10
    Rack-O

  4. says

    My kids are younger but we still do play a lot of games, always impromptu. With a four year old, our current favorites are :

    Snail’s Pace Race
    Break the Ice
    Pingo
    Connect Four
    Hi Ho Cherry-O

  5. says

    Sequence and Sequence for kids !!! Perfect for the whole family- fun for mom and dad and even the little bitty ones can team up and participate! It’s a matching, board, card, four in a row game!

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