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Are you thinking about starting a family night? You know — where you actually spend time together as a family. With work, school, and other activities (not to mention electronics), most people neglect this important bonding experience.
Literally, you have to set ‘family night’ in stone in your calendar, otherwise, people end up making excuses.
You know what I mean.
We like to play games together as a family. Sometimes it’s a video game like Mario Party but more often than not it’s a board game. Here are some fun games for family game night that you should try!
This game takes classic word searches to the next level. Instead of leisurely trying to find a word — this is a RACE! Everyone gets to play at the same time which is great for kids since — let’s face it — their patience bites.
I love the learning aspect of Word Search too. Kids get to see how words are spelled. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but some kids just can’t spell well. Or, maybe they are just super hard headed.
My oldest is a prime example. He can’t spell even basic words because he refuses to sound them out (insert eye roll here). It’s been a fight since he was little.
But with this game, you have the option of creating your own Wordsearch puzzle online (you can choose the words). This is perfect for spelling tests and just might help some stubborn kids out!
This game is one the whole family needs to play! It requires a minimum of 4 players to play which was perfect since we are a family of four. In Googly Eyes, you get to break out your inner artist and have your team guess what you are drawing.
The twist is your vision is all whacked out by some silly glasses. There are three sets of lenses so your vision can range from okay to really crappy. This makes the game SO much fun!!
No one in my family is that great of an artist and that’s why we love Googly Eyes. You don’t have to be Picasso to play like some other drawing games — the field is leveled by the glasses. SO. Much. Fun.
While this game doesn’t require as much thinking as the other games I listed, it’s still not just a game of luck either. You actually need to think and concentrate on what you are drawing so you can move on the game board. It’s harder than you think.
We had a great time seeing all the crazy drawings. Such a great family fun game!
When I was a kid I loved ‘spy’ stuff. You know — trying to pick locks, escape, and spying on people. It was fun! Well, in this game you get to be either a codemaker or a codebreaker. How cool is that?
The codemaker gets to create a secret code using colored pegs. And, you guessed it — the codebreaker gets to decipher the code using deductive reasoning.
During each round of Mastermind, the codebreaker gets to guess the code by placing down colored pegs in the order they think the secret code is in. And, the codemaker gets to give clues using red and white key pegs letting the codebreaker know if some of the code is the right color or in the right position.
I loved that this game made my 9-year-old son think. It gave him the perfect opportunity to practice his logic and deductive reasoning skills. He had a little trouble figuring out how to eliminate the wrong guesses at first, but with time he got the hang of it.
Love cards and board games? Then this is the game for you — it’s the perfect combination of both worlds. In this game, your goal is to get two 5 chip sequences before your opponents do.
The game board consists of playing cards (two of each). During your turn, you try to match a card from your hand to card on the game board and place a chip on it.
Sequence does take some strategy since two eyed jacks are wild, one-eyed jacks can remove an opponents chip, and corners are free spaces.
My 11-year-old and I had a great time playing this game. I crushed him our first go around, but more importantly, this game takes some thought. It’s not just a game of luck which is something I really appreciate in games children play. I want them to use their minds!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.