With the technology-filled world we are living in; family game night is becoming something of a past of long, long ago. The hectic lifestyles that we are living is a cause of the family game nights disappearing. Wouldn’t it be nice to take back at least one evening of the week and use that night for your family? You can do just that by reintroducing family game night. Play some board games.
Why reintroduce family game night with board games? Because board games bring families closer together. Through a shared activity, laughs, and through talking the family will be able to reconnect. Plan a game night on a Sunday afternoon (this is usually the day everyone is at home). Here are some ideas to get you started.
Board Games For Young Children
There are several board games specifically created for the younger kids and there are many of the classic games that come in “junior” editions. Be careful though because kid-geared games such as Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and HiHo Cherry O’ are great choices for kids but put the older opponents to sleep. However, there are board games that are both simple enough for the younger kids and entertaining for the older players. Here is a list of just a few.
Cranium Cariboo: A treasure hunt game where matching activities lead players to the hidden treasure.
Pictionary Junior: Get your team to guess what you are drawing. In this junior edition, themes are geared for kids and two-sided cards to let younger players have an easier clue to draw.
Scrabble Junior: A two-sided board lets players match their tiles to printed words or play their own words with simple scoring rules.
Sorry!: The classic board game where players try to be the first to get all their pawns “home”, while sending their opponents back to start.
Twister: Try this game of entangling fun. Just because it is family night does not mean you have to sit around the table to play games. How twisted can your family become?
Board Games For Older Children
Kids who have outgrown the “junior” board games are ready for more challenging games. Many board games combine education and fun; as well as learning to be a humble winner and a gracious loser. Here are some ideas for this catogory.
Blokus: A strategy board game where players attempt to place all of their tiles onto the game board according to the game rules. Be warned: this is a lot harder than it sounds.
Monopoly: The classic real estate game where buying and selling properties can make players rich or send them into bankruptcy. This games comes in many different versions; including an electronic version and a “junior” edition.
Upwords: This is like Scrabble but with a twist. This game lets you place words like you would in Scrabble but here is the twist: you can change exiting words by “stacking” letters to make a new word.
Clue Mysteries: A new twist on the classic Clue game. Use deductive reasoning to gather clues and be the first player to determine who committed the crime.
Guesstures: A fast-paced charades game where players race to act out the clues before they disappear. This game is also available in an electronic version.
Board Games For Teens
Teenagers are always on the run but board games will bring them home for a family night of fun; especially if they can bring home a few friends. This will produce more players for the team games. Here are some ideas for the teen games.
Cranium: The game with something for everyone! Gameplay includes drawing, acting out clues, humming tunes, unscrambling words and so much more.
Scene It!: The DVD game that adds video clips to trivia questions.
Balderdash: A game where bluffing pays off. Earn points by writing your own convincing word defintitions, movie descriptions, funny laws and more.
Electronic Catch Phrase: Pass the device by getting your team to guess the given word or phrase. When the buzzer sounds, the team not holding it, wins the point.
Taboo: Get your team to guess the word on each card, but without saying a few forbidden words that are commonly used to describe it.
The best board games for your family will differ from the family’s games next door. There are many, many more games than what is listed here and new ones are being created all the time. So, there is no reason why you can’t claim at least one day a week for a famiy game night. Happy gaming everyone!