If you and your family participate in weekly game night, you may be running out of ideas or tired of playing the same games every week. This holiday season, add a seasonal twist to some of your favorite games in order to keep the night fun, engaging, and entertaining for everyone involved. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, these games can add some spice to your family game night.
Create your own family version of holiday Pictionary. Fill a hat with seasonal words, phrases, movies, or song titles. Then, divide into teams and take turns selecting from the hat and drawing clues on paper for your partners to guess. Keep score and see who can come up with the most answers from this fun, holiday twist on a classic game night game.
Seasonal Memory Game
A variation of one of Kaboose’s Christmas party games, consider playing a seasonal memory game with your family on a holiday themed family game night. Fill a bag or a box with a 20-30 holiday items. Empty the container onto the table for everyone to examine for approximately 3 minutes. Then, cover the items up or return them to their container. Provide each player with a sheet of paper and see how many items they can recall. Score 2 points for each item they correctly remember, no points for an omission, and deduct 1 point if an item is listed that wasn’t in the box to begin with. Give each family member the opportunity to fill the box and play more than once!
This is a version of your traditional memory card game. Create picture cards showing pairs of seasonal items, either pertaining to an upcoming holiday or the winter season. Either draw your own items or print pictures from the computer using clipart. Then, turn the cards upside down and see who can make the most matches. Take a second turn if you make a match. For small children, start with approximately ten card pairs, and for older children or the entire family, consider a large memory board with anywhere from 30-40 pairs.
Children of all ages can enjoy a game of scrabble, but instead of allowing players to use just any word, insist that the words played must be relatable to the holiday approaching. Kids and parents can get creative trying to convince others of their word choices! This adds a whole new dimension to a game that encourages children to think, while still keeping it fun and relevant this holiday season.
Kaboose; Christmas Party Games; http://holidays.kaboose.com/xmas-party.html