Do you still remember having a family game night during your growing up years? Nights without electricity were usually spent playing together or sharing scary stories. Due to not so advanced technology, my siblings and I grew up playing together (not virtually!) When I say PLAY, it involves physical and emotional interaction among kids.
If you want to experience the joy of having the family interact with each other once more, here are 7 family games that will surely rekindle memories of your childhood and at the same time give you super fun family game nights!
Super simple and easy to play, Bingo has been our family’s favorite during simple gatherings like New Year’s Eve! It is for pure fun and laughter. We usually have small prizes like a can of Pringles or a bar of chocolate at stake. Because this game has easy to follow rules, young and old will have a great time!
What you need: Bingo cards, markers (for the numbers), and small prizes
Tip: Choose someone with a great sense of humor to draw the numbers. That adds so much fun to the game!
We introduced Scrabble to our kids just recently. The photo above is a shot of our last Scrabble game: 3 adults and 3 kids! We played as a team, one parent, and one child. During the start of the game, the adults gave the kids the chance to make up words. But at the latter part, it was a battle among adults and the children were cheering for their teammate.
The game is very educational as kids learn new words. They also learn to consult the dictionary. Adding points for the word is also part of the learning experience. Looking for the best spot to put the tiles teaches the kids how to strategize.
What do you need:
Scrabble game board and tiles
Score sheet and pen
Dictionary or Scrabble Word Checker
This game has been around in years. Wikipedia describes Monopoly as a game where players move around the game-board buying, trading, or selling properties, developing their properties with houses and hotels, and collecting rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them all into bankruptcy, leaving one monopolist in control of the economy.
We love our Monopoly Philippines (2012 edition) because it features several places that we had been already. This adds more fun as players try to buy property that is meaningful to them, or place where they had good memories. The most expensive property on this game board is the Pagudpud Beach and the jeepney token is always taken first. It’s more fun in the Philippines!
What do you need: Monopoly game board (everything in it) and a banker (someone who will be able to play while taking care of the money!)
Tip: This game usually takes a long time to finish, so set a night when no one is in a hurry. For a quick game, you may use Monopoly Deal Cards.
An all time favorite, Pictionary is a very entertaining guessing game. It is like charades but instead of acting the word, the player has to draw. The game develops creativity and communication skills. This teaches kids to convey a message not through words but through pictures and drawings.
What do you need: Pictionary Game Board, big sheets of paper, markers (option: whiteboard and marker)
Taboo is another word-guessing game. On the card are five words the player should not mention (these are the taboo words!)when describing the word that his teammates need to guess. Once the player mentions the unmentionables, the watcher press the squeaker and the team loses a point. The game builds vocabulary and quick-thinking.
What you need: Taboo Game Kit, score pad, pen
6. Pinoy Henyo (different styles)
Here is one game that has been the life of so many parties a few years back. Pinoy Henyo is a word-guessing game where the player has a word on his forehead. Then he can ask questions that his partner will answer. The answers allowed are “oo, hindi, at pwede” (yes, no, or maybe).
You can play the game in different styles. Words may be written on a piece of paper or you can download the Pinoy Henyo App on your phone.
The Hedbanz is suitable for young kids. Categories are easy and it comes with a headband that holds the card with picture and word. This is a hit to my kids and their friends.
7. MEMORY GAME
A deck of cards will always come handy so we have them at home and one in the car just in case we need to entertain the kids during horrible traffic or a long drive. Our favorite game is Memory Game!!! It is so easy to play yet very entertaining. Just lay down the cards facing downwards and each player opens two cards. Every card that matches is a point. The player with the most number of cards at the end of the game wins. The one with the sharpest memory has an advantage in the game.
What you need: A deck of cards and space
Family game night will be super fun if players will be cooperative and not competitive. These games will definitely take away your kids from their gadgets for a while. These are tools we use to build memories—fun memories.
What is your favorite family game?